Small Matters Part 8: “The Owner of the Donkey”
Luke 19:29-35 - 29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,”he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.
A great question to consider is, why did the owners of the donkey let the disciples take the donkey?
J.P. Holding, a Biblical researcher gives a great perspective:
If someone walks up to your brand new bright red Corvette, takes the keys, gets in, and starts revving up, you will certainly ask (in a less than rational tone, naturally) "Why are you taking my car?" And I very much doubt that you would be satisfied with the answer, "God needs it." If you hadn't already punched the guy's lights out, your next step would be to call the men in the white coats and the police.
Obviously, that didn't happen here -- the owners made no effort to stop what was going on, and the disciples were allowed to leave with the colt unhindered. So there is obviously more to this story.
Today, we want to explore the incredible orchestration of the plan God had to redeem man – the plan, to provide the most incredible divine intervention for reconciliation to be as accessible for all. This entire plan for Holy Week was prophesied in the Old Testament. And, in Christ and God’s plan, all these prophesies were fulfilled – all 29 of them!
The situation of the mode of transportation of Christ on his “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem was indeed foretold and completely fulfilled down to the last detail.
In Zechariah 9:9 we find this prophecy spoken about Jesus Christ:
“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.”
Even though skeptics say that this mode of transportation was staged simply to say that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy including Zechariah’s, we believe there is much more to the story. Let’s unpack it a bit more:
Let’s look at the first question and explore some possible explanations:
The Owners of the Donkey – all part of God’s plan and God orchestrated His plan down to the most minute detail.
Whatever He needs to do His will, He will arrange.
Questions to ponder:
Will you let Him arrange your life?
Will you listen to the Holy Spirit for direction? Or will you ignore His voice?
Do you make plans and then ask God to bless them? or….
Do you ask God for His constant presence before you plan? as you plan?
It is important to remember one very important fact as we continue our journey to the cross during Lent. God doesn’t waste any opportunities to help us learn about Him.
Most donkey have a narrow strip of hair that runs down their backs and each of their shoulders have stripes that are of a darker shade. These strips of hair – are in the shape of a cross. Donkeys have been used by mankind to bear burdens for mankind for thousands of years. They are indeed “beasts of burdens.”
The cross of Jesus Christ signifies our burdens being carried by the Christ who was crucified on the cross.
Who would put a cross on an animal unless it were to bear burdens? Who would put a cross on the back of a perfect divine being to pay the price for someone who didn’t deserve it?
God – He planned the events of Holy Week, down to the minutest detail. Why? For you. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice guiding you today!
**Here is a listing of them in order of their fulfillment in the N.T. (Thanks to Pastor Jim Rickard of Grace Fellowship Ministries who provides loads of Biblical resources free of charge!)
Betrayed by a Friend
He Was to Enter the Temple
Sold For 30 Pieces of Silver
Accused By False Witnesses
Smitten and Spit Upon
Silent Before Accusers
Wounded and Bruised
Gall and Vinegar Offered to Him
Crucified with Thieves
People Shook Their Heads
Darkness Over the Land
His Forsaken Cry
Money to Be Thrown into God’s House
Price Given for Potter’s Field
Buried in a Rich Man’s Tomb
Forsaken by His Disciples
He Was to Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey
Hands and Feet Pierced
Made Intercession for His Persecutors
Committed Himself to God
Friends Stood Afar Off
Fell Under the Cross
Garments Parted and Lots Cast
To Suffer Thirst
Bones Not Broken
His Side Pierced