Nazareth • Devotion #4: Most Popular Donkey Ever

I am a detailed-oriented person. Small details are oftentimes overlooked. Through the entire Gospels, Jesus is doing amazing things. He was being obedient to God’s will and fulfilling prophecies throughout the time of His earthly ministry. I feel I have missed one amazing detail every time I have read about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I think I have always focused on the crowds of people, the praising, and the plotting Pharisees that I overlooked the humblest of God’s creation. 

Zechariah 9:9 says, “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.” This whole verse depicts Jesus entering into Jerusalem. We see a call to rejoicing. God’s Word tells us that our king has come for us, and then we see what He is riding. Last time I checked, kings ride in on something luxurious. I have never seen the Queen of England rolling around in an ’89 Ford Taurus. No disrespect to Ford Taurus fans, that was my first car. That Taurus was for sure the car equivalent of a donkey. 

I have enjoyed the study that has gone into each devotion this month. Once again, we see that God says something is going to happen, and Jesus fulfills God’s Word. The Gospel of Mark records how Jesus uses a donkey to prove, in fact, Jesus was the Christ. Mark 11:2-6 reads, “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.” 

There are so many amazing things about this prophecy. The first is that Jesus knew exactly where this donkey would be. For all the farmer types out there, you know that even if you tie up an animal, there is still a chance that it gets loose. Amazingly, Jesus tells the disciples that there was a donkey, tied up, and waiting for them. The second thing about this donkey that is an amazing work from God is that the owners of this donkey let it be used for the glory of God. Most people in Jesus’ time were not overly wealthy and did not have many beasts of burden. The fact that the owners did not put up much fuss when a few strangers came to borrow this donkey is noteworthy. I do not know how well you do with loaning your stuff out to other people, but the fact that the owners of this donkey are totally good with the honor system because the disciples name-dropped Jesus is amazing!

Prophecy shows God’s sovereign hand over creation. God is in control of massive stars and in control of microscopic atoms. Nothing is outside of God’s control, even the smallest of details. As silly as it may be, if Jesus did not come into town riding on a donkey, that would erode the truth about who He was. The fact that Jesus fulfills every prophecy about Him proves without a blemish that He is who He says He is, and He will do exactly what He says He will do. God is in the details of everything, and that includes your life. If He can say that a donkey is going to be in a town, and its owners are good to let Him borrow it, I would argue we could trust Him with our small details as well.  

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