it was amazing how the Holy Spirit can bring you in the past and allow you to apply, with your heart, Biblical principles, as GOD equipped us in what HE is leading us to do.
Thank You GOD, i will take this to heart and apply…
Zechariah 9:9-10 (esv) – 9 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. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
In their time, the people from Middle Eastern world, leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they came in peace.
First Kings 1:33 mentions Solomon riding a donkey on the day he was recognized as the new king of Israel. Other instances of leaders riding donkeys are Judges 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; and 2 Samuel 16:2.
Jesus rode a donkey to fulfill this prophecy of Zechariah. The worldwide peace proclaimed by this humble King will be a fulfillment of the angels’ song in Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (NKJV). Significantly, Jacob’s blessing on his son Judah includes a reference to a donkey and a donkey’s foal (Genesis 49:11). Jesus is from the tribe of Judah.
Flashback, retrieving my digital devotional archives, some of which were gone with “multiply”, i have written February 10, 2008 in my journal about Luke 19:28-34…waking up from a dream that i am a donkey that Jesus will ride so that the Gospel can be brought to people. I was sharing it to our leaders, we were new back then, pioneering a site in east side of the city. That was before i had Kairos Course and learned about cross cultural considerations in “backing in”.
In applying this passage, let us take note of the symbols that highlight PEACE and RECONCILIATION in bringing people to JESUS…
- “Take away the chariots…and horse…the battle bow will be broken”, no to war,no to aggressive tactics-it will lead to failure
- “He will proclaim peace to the nations…rule from sea to sea…from the river to the ends of the earth”, a Messianic stand fulfilled in JESUS, extending HIS reach, to rule, to overcome, to reign, referring again to GOD’s all nations agenda
Today as i pray for my family and people…GOD as you have molded me in my previous years, continue to mold me to live like a “donkey”, and that we, with my family, may bring Your salvation to people, to the ends of the earth…starting with the communities, the campuses, and local least reached people groups. Also, that we may teach and mentor, in the making of disciples of believers, that they may also lived like a “donkey”. A LIFE of PEACE and RECONCILIATION. LIVING SIMPLY THAT OTHERS CAN SIMPLY LIVE. Thank You GOD. Only by YOUR GRACE.
Dear brethren, as followers of CHRIST, may we understand and live, starting in our spirit, how to be a donkey, in bringing JESUS, the Lamb of GOD , the Lion of the tribe of Judah, GOD’s love, effectively witnessing to people.
GOD’s way will always be full of impact in the humble ways of JESUS.