BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Mark 14:10-11– Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, went away to talk to the most important priests; he wanted to give Jesus to them. 11When they heard this, they were pleased. They promised to give Judas some money. Judas was waiting for the best way to give Jesus to them.
- Luke 7:14-15 – Jesus went near the coffin and touched it. The men who were carrying it stopped. Jesus said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!” 15Then the dead son sat up and began to talk. Jesus gave him to his mother.
- Luke 8:53-55 – They sneered at Jesus, because they knew that the girl was dead. 54But Jesus held her hand and called to her, “Little girl, get up!” 55Her spirit came back into her, and she stood up immediately. Jesus said, “Give her something to eat.”
- John 11:39-44 – Jesus said, “Take the stone away!” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, this is the fourth day; there is already a bad smell!” 40Jesus said to her, “I told you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God.” 41Then they took the stone away. Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “O Father, I am thankful that You are listening to me. 42I know that You always listen to me, but I said this because of the crowd which is standing here. I want them to believe that You sent me.” 43After Jesus said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus! Come out!” 44The dead man came out. Lazarus’ hands and feet were bound with pieces of cloth. His face was wrapped with a handkerchief. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” 45Many Jews had come to visit Mary. They saw the things which Jesus did. They believed in him.
- Matthew 2:6 – ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, you are surely not the least important among the leading towns of Judea, because a Leader will come out from you. He will shepherd my people, Israel.’ ” (Micah 5:2)
- Matthew 4:12-13 – When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,a he went away to Galilee. 13After leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee, in the Zebulun and Naphtali area.
- Luke 9:51 – The time was coming near when Jesus would leave and go back up to heaven. He traveled toward Jerusalem.
- Mark 10:32 – They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem. Jesus was walking ahead of them. This surprised them. Those who were following were afraid. Then Jesus took the twelve apostles aside. He began to tell them what was about to happen to him.
- Matthew 2:16 – When Herod realized that the wise men had made a fool out of him, he was very angry. He ordered his men to kill all the little boys in and around the town of Bethlehem—the boys who were two years old or younger (the exact time which Herod had figured out from the wise men).
- Luke 4:40 – When the sun went down, the people brought all their sick friends to Jesus. They had many different kinds of sicknesses. He put his hands on every one of them and healed them.
- Matthew 21:1-3 – When they came near Jerusalem, they went into the town of Bethphage on Olive Mountain. Then Jesus sent two of his followers on ahead. 2He said to them, “Go into the village just ahead of you. You will soon find a donkey tied up. A young donkey will be with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3And if anyone says anything to you, say: ‘The Lord, their Owner, needs them.’ Then he will send them right away.”
- John 1:17 – Though the law was given through Moses, gracious love and truth have come through Jesus Christ.d
- John 12:29 – Though the law was given through Moses, gracious love and truth have come through Jesus Christ.d
- Matthew 3:3 – This is the man whom God talked about through the prophet Isaiah: “There is a voice crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the Lord’s road.Make His paths straight.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)
- Matthew 21:8-9 – A very large crowd spread their robes on the road for Jesus. Other people began to cut down branches from trees and to spread them on the road, too. 9The crowds were shouting. Some people were in front of Jesus and some were behind him. They said, “Hosannab to the son of David! Give praise to this one who is coming with the authority of the Lord God. Hosanna to God!”c
- Luke 19:40 – But Jesus answered, “I am telling you, these things must be said. If my followers don’t say them, then these rocks will shout!”
- Matthew 21:10-13 – When Jesus came into Jerusalem, the whole city was excited, asking, “Who is this man!?” 11The crowds continued to say, “He is Jesus, the Prophet from the town of Nazareth in Galilee.” 12Jesus went into the temple courtyard. He threw out all the people who were selling and buying things there. He turned the money-exchangers’ tables upside down. He also turned over the chairs of the people who were selling pigeons. 13Jesus said to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a place for praying.’ (Isaiah 56:7) but you have changed it into a hiding place for thieves!”d
- John 12:19 – Then the Pharisees said to one another, “Look! Nothing we do does any good. Behold, everyone is following Jesus!”
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Micah 5:2 [PREDICED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – But you, O Bethlehem-Ephrathah,e though you are the least important among the leading towns of Judah,fa Leader will come out of you, O Bethlehem!g He will become the Ruler over Israel for Me.h His comings forth have been from of oldi —from the days of eternity.”
- Isaiah 9:1-6 [PREDICTEWD 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Nevertheless, there will be no gloom for those who were once in distress.a In the past,b God humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali.c However, in the future, He will make the way of the sea glorious,d the land beyonde the Jordan River, Galilee of the nations.f 2Now those people live in darkness,g but they will see a great Light.h They dwell in a place that is very dark,i but Lightj will shine on them. 3You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy. They rejoice in Your presence, as when people rejoice at harvest-time, just as men take delight when they are dividing plunder. 4O God, just as on the day of Midian’s defeat,k You will take away their heavy load.l You will remove the heavy bar from across their backs. You will get rid of the rodm that the enemy uses to punish Your people.5Every bootn that marched into battle will be destroyed.o Every uniform stained with blood will be destroyed. They will be thrown into the fire as fuel.p 6Why? Because a special Childq will be born to us. God will give usr a Son.s He will be responsible for leading the people.t He will be called:u “Wonderful”;v “Counselor;”w“Powerful God”;x “Father of Eternity”;y [SELF-EXISTENT] “Prince of Peace”.z
- Jeremiah 31:15 [PREDICTED 600 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – This is what Yahweh says: “A sound is heard in the town of Ramah [a town 15 miles from Bethlehem].s There is crying and loud screaming. Rachelt [Abraham’s daughter-in-law] is weeping for her children [descendants]. And, she will not let anyone comfort her,u because her children are dead!”v
- Isaiah 61:1 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – The Lord Yahweh has put His Spirit in me.a This is because Yahweh has anointedb mec to proclaim the good newsd to the poor people.e He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken. He has sent me to tell the captives that they are free.f
- Leviticus 16:34 – That law of canceling the sins of the Israelites will always continue. You will do these things once each year.” So, Aaron did the things which the Always-Present One had commanded Moses.
- Leviticus 23:32-33 – It will be a sabbath of rest for you. And, you must not eat. You will start your sabbath of rest in the evening, on the ninth day of the month [regardless of the day of week it came]. It will continue from that evening until the next evening.”33And Yahweh said to Moses, 34“Tell the people of Israel: ‘On the 15th day of the seventh month [regardless of which day of month] is the Feast of Huts.q This feast to the Always-Present One will continue for seven days.
- Nehemiah 8:14-15 – They found this written in the teachings which Yahweh had commanded through Moses—the people of Israel were supposed to live temporarily in huts.f This was to be done during the feast of the 7th month. 15The people were told to proclaim this news. They were commanded to spread it throughout all of their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill-country. Bring back branches from domesticated olive trees and wild olive trees, myrtle trees, palm trees, and shade trees. Use them to make huts, just as it has been written in the law of Moses!”
- Judges 10:3-4 – Jair became the leader of Israel for 22 years. He lived in the region of Gilead. Jair had 30 sons who rode on 30 donkeys.
- II Samuel 13:29 – But all of David’s other sons got on their mules and rode away. Each one of them escaped.
- I Kings 1:33, 35 – Then the king said to them, “Take my officers with you and put my son Solomon on my own mule.s Take Solomon down to the Gihon Spring.t …35Then come back up here, following him. He will sit on my throne and rule in my place. I have chosen him to be the ruler over Israel and Judah.”
- Zechariah 9:9-10, 12 – Rejoice greatly, O you people of Zion! Shout for joy, O you people of Jerusalem. Behold, your King is coming to you!y He does what is right,z and he will have salvation in himself.aa He is gentlebb and riding on a donkey,cc even upon a young donkey, born of a work animal.dd 10God says: “I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem.ee The bows used in battle will be broken.ff The new King will talk to the nations about peace.gg His kingdom will go from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.hh
- Psalm 24:1-9 – <A psalm of David.> The world and everything in it belongs to Yahweh, as well as the earth and everyone who dwells in it. 2He built it on the oceans. He established it upon the rivers. 3Who may go up to the mountain of Yahweh? Who is allowed to stand in His holy temple? 4Only those with clean hands and pure hearts, one who has not worshiped idols. One must not have made vows by a false god. 5This is the one who will receive a blessing from Yahweh.The God who saves such a person will declare him to be righteous. 6This person tries to follow God, looking to the God of Jacob for help. (Selah) 7O gates, open up all the way! Open wide, you ancient doors! Then the glorious King will come in. 8Who is this glorious King? Yahweh, strong and mighty! Yahweh, the powerful warrior! O gates, open up all the way! Open wide, you ancient doors! Then the glorious King will come in.
- Job 38:7 – 7Who did all this while the morning stars sang together!?k Who did this while all the angelsl shouted with joy!?
- Joshua 5:15 – 15The Commander of Yahweh’s army answered him, “Yes. Take off your sandals from your feet,k because the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
- Isaiah 40:3 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – This is the voice of a man who calls out: “Prepare in the desertg the way for Yahweh.h Straighten the road in the dry landsfor our God.i
- II Kings 9:13 – 13Then each of the captains hurried to remove his outer robe. And, they all spread them outm for Jehu to go up on the stairs.n Then they blew the trumpet.o They said, “Jehu is king!”
- Exodus 12:3, 6, 13
- Psalm 118:26 [PREDICTED 1000 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Yahweh.k We bless all of you from the temple of Yahweh.
- WARS OF THE JEWS, BK. 6, 9:3 – So these high priests, upon the coming of their feast which is called the Passover, when they slay their sacrifices from the ninth hour to the eleventh…the number of sacrifices was 256,500; which, upon the allowance of no more than ten that feast together, amounts to 2,700,200 persons.
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Firelight”
Season 7, Shadow of Death, “Sleeping Giant”