An anticlimax?

Mark 11:11 AV
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem,
and into the temple:
and when he had looked round about upon all things,
and now the eventide was come,
he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.‭

Other translations

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and entered the temple [enclosure]; and when He had looked around, surveying and observing everything, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany together with the Twelve [apostles]. [AMP]

And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. [ESV]

He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve. [MSB]

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. [KJV]

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. [NIV]

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. He looked around carefully at everything, and then he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples. [NLT]

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. [NKJV]

Study

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem

Jesus entered into Jerusalem in a public manner, riding upon an ass, with the multitude attending Him, some going before, and others after, crying, “Hosanna” to him.

And into the temple

He rode directly to the temple; where an earthly king would have the palace for his destination after entering the city in glory, Jesus chose the temple, His Father’s house on earth.

The Latin Vulgate, and the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions, leave out the word “and”.

Temple

The temple of Jerusalem consisted of the whole of the sacred enclosure, embracing the entire aggregate of buildings, balconies, porticos, courts (that is that of the men of Israel, that of the women, and that of the priests), belonging to the temple.

The latter designates the sacred edifice properly so called, consisting of two parts, the “sanctuary” or “Holy Place” (which no one except the priests was allowed to enter), and the “Holy of Holies” or “the most holy place” (which was entered only on the great day of atonement by the high priest alone).

Also there were the courts where Jesus or the apostles taught or encountered adversaries “in the temple”. There was a court of the Gentiles (out of which Jesus drove the buyers and sellers, and the money changers), and a court of the women.‭

He had looked round about upon all things

That is, in the temple, as the Lord and proprietor of it; and made a thorough visitation of it, and search into it.

This too showed His great concern for the spiritual wellbeing of the people.
He went into the temple, into the court of the Gentiles; where He the next day overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, but also where He healed the lame and the blind.

He had spent great part of the day in the temple, and although the Bible doesn’t tell us, we may speculate, that He was there again reforming abuses in the temple, healing diseases, and disputing with the chief priests and Scribes, as He usually did. But this is indeed no more than a speculation, the Bible doesn’t tell this.

It is also quite possible that the entry into Jerusalem ended in a major anti-climax. After all, we read nothing further of the people who had welcomed Him so enthusiastically.
▪︎ Jesus is not proclaimed king (as the crowd may have expected),
▪︎ nor is He brought in by the leaders of the people as the Messiah.

Instead, He enters the temple and looks around. This “inspection” probably has to do with the next day’s cleansing of the temple (Mark 11:15-19). However, the Bible doesn’t say that either. It does give us the impression that nothing else happened.

And now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve

Now the evening came — the gates of the temple were closed at dusk — Jesus and His disciples leave the city and return to Bethany. He did, for some reason, think it not fit, to stay in the city. So He went out to Bethany, which was nearly two miles off, and lodged there.

He used to spend the night in Bethany during the last week before His death (Mark 11:19), presumably at the house of Lazarus and his sisters.

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