When they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead of him. He said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there. No one has ever sat on it. Untie it, and bring it. If anyone asks you what you are doing, say that the Lord needs it. That person will send it here at once.” The disciples found the young donkey in the street. It was tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it, some men standing there asked them, “Why are you untying that donkey?” The disciples answered them as Jesus had told them. So the men let them go. They brought the donkey to Jesus, put their coats on it, and he sat on it.* Many spread their coats on the road. Others cut leafy branches in the fields and spread them on the road. Those who went ahead and those who followed him were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is our ancestor David’s kingdom that is coming! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Two things that I noticed with this reading that I head not previously considered, the colt was borrowed and it had never been ridden.
The react that it was borrowed just brought to king king mind how dependent the Lord was on others. When he said in Matthew 8:28, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head,” he was being literal. He who caused everything to come into being (John 1:3), had no earthly possessions.
Next, the fact that the donkey had never been ridden means they it had not been trained to accept a rider. Carrying someone on its back is not a natural thing for it. For all intents as purposes it was a wild creature. However, he who calmed the storm, was certainly able to quiet the fears of that young animal.
What do these things mean to me? How does it apply it to my life? I am often anxious about haveing enough. Enough money, enough food, enough gas, enough time, enough etc.
Lord, who from nothing created everything, forgive me for my fearful poverty-thinking. You are sufficient for me. You can supply all my needs. Thank you, gracious Lord.
*Rejoice with all your heart, people of Zion! Shout in triumph, people of Jerusalem! Look! Your King is coming to you: He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and rides on a donkey, on a colt, a young pack animal.
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