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Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Lesson From The Untying Of The Donkey

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God never lacks the resources to accomplish His purpose and bring to pass whatever He has foretold or promised to do. This is clearly seen in the story of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. This event was prophesied by Prophet Zechariah about 500 years before it took place (Zechariah 9:9). This prophesy specifically mentioned the means by which Jesus would enter into Jerusalem to begin His journey to the Cross for man’s redemption.
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God never lacks the resources to accomplish His purpose and bring to pass whatever He has foretold or promised to do. This is clearly seen in the story of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. This event was prophesied by Prophet Zechariah about 500 years before it took place (Zechariah 9:9). This prophesy specifically mentioned the means by which Jesus would enter into Jerusalem to begin His journey to the Cross for man’s redemption.

He would come “riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The donkey is one of the earliest and most frequently mentioned animals in the Bible. They are spoken of in connection with the history of Pharaoh (Gen. 12:16), Abraham (22:3), Jacob (32:5), Moses (Ex. 4:20), Balaam (Num. 22:21-33), and in fact most of the notable persons mentioned in the Old Testament. There was nothing in any sense degrading in the idea of riding on a donkey, as might perhaps be inferred from Zech 9:9 (cf. Matt. 21:7).

It was the sign of the peaceful mission of Christ. Kings, high priests, judges, and the richest people of ancient and modern times have ridden on donkeys. Many of the donkeys of the East are beautiful animals, easy in gait, and perfectly surefooted. They often cost high prices and are adorned with magnificent trappings. Donkeys have also been used from earliest times as beasts of burden and for plowing (Isa. 30:24; 32:20). The Israelites were not allowed to yoke an ox and a donkey together (Deut. 22:10).

They were not allowed to eat its flesh, even though in the stress of hunger during the siege of Samaria they violated this law (2 Kings 6:25). It is very obvious from the use to which donkeys can be put that they cannot be much useful to anyone if they are tied up. It is only when they are untied and properly employed in one service or the other that they can fulfill the purpose of their creation by God. The task given to Jesus to perform on man’s behalf was so great that everything was done to guarantee its success.

First, God made sure that donkeys did not go into extinction. Second, God foreknew and orchestrated the birth and sustenance of the particular donkey and colt that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem. Psalm 50:1111 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.” Third, Jesus ordered His disciples to untie the donkey and her colt and bring them to Him. The donkey and colt could not have fulfilled their destiny if they had remained tied up to a tree.

What is true of the donkey and the colt is true of human beings too. No man or woman can fulfill his or her destiny if they remain tied down by the chains of Satan. This fact can be illustrated by the record of Jesus’ encounter with a crippled woman in Luke 13:10-17. It is obvious from the passage that this woman, like many other human beings, was unable to fulfill her destiny because she was kept bound by Satan. All the roles she could have played in the lives of others were denied her. Satan is still keeping many individuals, families, institutions, and nations under bondage today so that they cannot fulfill their destiny as ordained by God.

He is employing all kinds of tools to accomplish His evil purposes. The good news for those in any form of bondage on this Palm Sunday is that Jesus can set all captives of Satan free (Isaiah 49:24-25; 61:1). Just as the donkey on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem was untied, God can set every captive of the devil free from any form of bondage. However, such individuals must be ready to give their lives to Jesus and serve Him like the donkey and its colt did.

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