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    Do As He Says

    Do As He Says March 24, 2020 Aaron Yoder


    SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Mark 11:1-5 (ESV)
    Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.

    Do As He Says

    The crowds that had followed Jesus to the doorstep of Lazarus’ home were still present as his disciples prepared for the short, 2K trip, into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  They were all used to walking days at a time with the Rabbi.  However, when facing Jerusalem, Jesus decided not to walk.  His request would have sounded very unusual.  Not only was the Rabbi going to ride a beast, something abnormal from his normal method of travel, but he requested the colt of a donkey to be his ‘uber’ lift.  Didn’t he know that people of status used horses for grand entrances, not work animals!  What was going on?

    Looking back upon this moment, the disciples would realize how bold of a statement Jesus was about to make by entering Jerusalem in this manner.  Zechariah had prophesied hundreds of years earlier, “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 (Zechariah 9:9)”  Likewise, the prophet Samuel had anointed Solomon, David’s rightful heir, and led a royal procession as the prince sat upon a mule (1 Kings 1:38).  Jesus’ public entrance would communicate the truth about himself even while the Sanhedrin were ready to recommend a different parade – a journey to the cross.

    Were the disciples thinking about royalty as they ran to fulfill Jesus’ requests?  Did they make the connection?  We don’t know.  We also don’t know what was going through the mind of the donkey’s owner as the disciples made their strange request.  But when the Lord asked, these individuals obeyed. 

    In the same way, may we obey the commands of Jesus, even if we don’t understand it all, in order that He may be seen as the royal king that He is! Amen.

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