Untie the Donkey (Lent 34-2019)

The disciples were understandably nervous.  It was both a nervous fear and a nervous excitement.  They could see Jerusalem in the distance.  This was really happening!

Luke 19:28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

Jesus was about to do something remarkable.  He would harken the minds of the observers back to the writings in 1 Kings 1:32-34 and King David’s commissioning of Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet to get a mule for his son Solomon to be anointed as king over Israel.  Jesus was about to do that very thing.  Two were commissioned–in this case disciples–and a donkey no one had ever ridden would bear the King of the Jews.

The disciples, excited to be part of this Messianic fervor, rushed to do their task.  The remaining disciples looked at Jesus, wondering if He knew what He was doing, whether this plan was truly thought out, or how this could be an actual battle strategy.  Was overthrow going to come with a man entering peacefully on a gentle donkey?  Aren’t we supposed to be crowning Him king and getting battle-ready?  Their hearts were pounding as they awaited the arrival of the donkey and return of the two who had been sent.  All the while their minds were a muddle.

Think about it: 

  • In 1 Kings 1:32 King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, 33 he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. 34 There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’”
  • How did a prophet, a priest, and a king-to-be enter Gihon in 1 Kings? 
  • How would Jesus fulfill prophet, priest, and king in His entry to the Holy City of Jerusalem?

Lord Jesus, we crown You as King of our hearts and our lives!  Reign in us today, we pray!  Amen.

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