The Lord Needs It? I Am Humbled!

By Wally Fry from Truth in Palmyra

That’s a good point about not having ‘all’ the details.
Man can we have a field day with this. ‘The Lord needs the donkey eh?’
-Will I be paid for the inconvenience of not renting it out……..?
-Will he promise to feed it………..?
-I guess He wants the colt too………..?
-Will he be placing anything overly heavy on its back……….?
-Will it be back by 6? 😉
then there is always: The Lord needs it? I am humbled.

A comment from my friend ColorStorm at The Lion’s Den  on an earlier post.

donkey

Matthew 21:1-6

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them

Jesus sent two of His disciples. We don’t really know who, and it probably doesn’t matter. We don’t even know what they may have been thinking. We can ponder about what WE might have been thinking if asked to do such a thing.

Donkey? I don’t see a donkey. Ok, so He just wants us to troop into town and find some donkey that we can’t even see? Sheesh!

Donkey, why a donkey? He’s a  King after all! Shouldn’t He come into town on a mighty war horse and get rid of those pesky Romans?

Get some guys’s donkey? Well, that could be trouble. After all, you really can’t just walk up, untie some guys donkey and stroll away with it!

Looking back, we can see the full picture, but likely those disciples did not. Jesus knew that donkey was there. He knew it was there, because He put it there from the foundation of the Earth. When God made the plan of redemption before there was even a NEED for the plan of redemption, that donkey was part of the plan. He didn’t tell the disciples, “Get that donkey over there.” He sent them for an animal they could not see, but He knew was there.

Why a donkey? Well He knew that also. In fact, He predicted it in the passage quoted above from Zechariah:

Zechariah 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

He knew Kings of war rode into town or war horses, but that Kings of Peace rode in on humble donkeys. Here we see this mission of Jesus that his disciples still did not understand. That He was here, not to restore the physical Kingdom of Israel to it’s earthly glory as a King of war, but to bring peace and restoration to all of mankind through his gift of forgiveness and salvation.

The disciples, however, still didn’t get that. Despite not getting it, what did they do?

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them

What about the fellow who owned that donkey? What was he thinking? Well, those possible thoughts were captured well in ColorStorm’s comment above:

The Lord needs the donkey eh?’
-Will I be paid for the inconvenience of not renting it out……..?
-Will he promise to feed it………..?
-I guess He wants the colt too………..?
-Will he be placing anything overly heavy on its back……….?
-Will it be back by 6? 😉

I say possible thoughts, as in the thoughts many of us would have had in this situation. That is not what happened, and Jesus predicted that as well:

If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”

That is what the donkey owner did; he sent them at once. There is no record of dissent, or argument, or requests for additional information, he sent them at once.

Are we like the two disciples and the donkey owner? Do we just do it, or do we have a million objections and questions?

That doesn’t make sense, and I don’t get it.

Huh? What? They might be mean to me!

What about my job, baseball game of that TV show I really like?

Let those OTHER disciples to that.

Let’s make this simple. How about we just say, when our Lord asks us to do something when we just don’t get it:

The Lord Needs It? I Am Humbled!

Read more posts by Wally Fry at Truth in Palmyra

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