Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Luke - Prepare the Colt

Luke 19:28  And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.  

The city of Jerusalem is always up. He went knowing that their was hostility waiting; he would be killed by the jealous religious leaders. Yet he would enter Jerusalem so that all would see him, as a king riding a colt. We are not to fear our enemies. Jesus said we may also be singled out to be killed as his disciples at the end time.  

Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.                                                  Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 19:29  And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

Bethany was where his friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived.

Luke 19:30  Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.  

The colt was not a horse, to ride a horse symbolized war. The colt was not set on by any other, it was set aside for the masters use. It was an ass, or donkey. The symbol of peace.    "The ass was the mount of a man of peace, a merchant or a priest. A king might ride an ass on occasion, but he would be more likely to appear on a mighty war-horse. Zechariah's prophecy saw Messiah as the Prince of peace." (Morris)  

Luke 19:31  And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
Luke 19:32  And they that weresent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
Luke 19:33  And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
Luke 19:34  And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

They did something for the Lord. How often do we ask for things for ourselves? It is good to ask, but what can we do for you Jesus? He had told them what he wanted, has he told you what he wants from you? It was time for Jesus to receive glory, for a very brief time, for he must go to the cross.

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