1/17/16 A Strange Request


Jesus and His apostles depart the next morning.  Their next stop is to be a little village on the Mount of Olives called Bethphage.  As they draw near the village, Jesus pulls the group aside and gives 2 of His apostles instructions.  “I will wait here with the rest of the group while you enter the village.  At the first home you come to, you will see a donkey and its colt tied outside the door.  Release them and lead them back here to Me.  If anyone stops you or asks what you are doing, all you need to says is, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and they will not stand in your way.”  The apostles look dubious, but nod and start on their way.  Jesus knows that a crowd of people is waiting in the village for Him to appear.  When the 2 apostles arrive in the village, they see the donkey and her colt right away.  The go to the animals and untie them, and as they are leading the animals away some villagers passing by stop them and ask, “What do you think you’re doing?”  The villagers believe the apostles are trying to steal the animals.  But the apostles bow in respect to the villagers and simply reply, “The Lord needs them,” just as Jesus had instructed them to.  Hearing this, the villagers nod and allow them to go on their way.  They bring the animals back to where Jesus and the rest of the apostles are waiting.  One holds the rope of the donkey while another throws some cloaks over the back of the colt.  Jesus mounts the colt and they set out together for the village.


Matthew 21:1-3, 6-7; Mark 11:1-7; Luke 19:28-35, http://www.jesus-story.net/images/BethanyJerusalem2.jpg


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