Bible Commentary: “Sitting On A Colt” The Days Of Lent

March 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. (Mark 11:7 NIV)

In Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19 and John 12 the gospels each relate the incident just before the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, `Why are you doing this?’ tell him, `The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it” (Mark 11:1-7 NIV).

We all know that when something is placed in the Bible multiple times it is there for emphasis like “truly, truly”. Jesus really didn’t repeat Himself, what the writer was trying to provide was an exclamation point which Hebrew doesn’t have so when you read “truly, truly” what you are hearing is “Truly!” So when all four Gospel writers write the same account it is there for special emphasis. This is an incident of note, worthy of your attention and remembrance. Why? Zechariah, the prophet, foretold this event over 300 years before Jesus was even born! “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

What is a colt? A colt is a young male horse under the age of four.  Read again what the prophet wrote, he said, your king comes to you”.  What do kings ride? They ride great horses or stallions; kings do not ride colts. Yet, Jesus comes into Jerusalem riding on a colt. There is no trace of pride in Jesus! This is not a stern king; Jesus is gentle, coming with salvation and righteousness.

Jesus tells His disciples to go ahead and take the colt, that has never been ridden, which is tied against something and bring it to Him. Jesus also makes provision in case they are stopped and tells them exactly what to say. They are to tell whoever asks, “The Lord needs the colt”.  The Lord needs, can you imagine The Lord needing anything? And The Lord requires the very best! Not some old, washed out animal but a fresh, never ridden colt; we should never give God second best but always the first fruits. What else is significant about this story is that Jesus, from outside the city, knew exactly where the colt was and that it had never been ridden. Jesus at all times knows where everything is and can bring whatever resources you need to you. All we need to do is trust just like those disciples did when they went into the town looking for the colt.

Child of God – Jesus came riding on a colt, gentle with righteousness and salvation once, the next time Jesus comes riding on a horse with judgement, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war” (Revelation 19:11 NIV). Jesus comes to us now with salvation and righteousness. Now is the time to accept Him and receive what He has to offer because the time is coming when this opportunity will not be available and only judgment and war will be what Jesus brings.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for your foreknowledge in everything that pertains to my life. Just as you knew were the colt was and that it had not been used before, you know what are my first fruits to you and whether I’m giving them to you or not. Help me to put you first in every area of my life.  My thoughts, my intentions, my reactions, as well as my finances and every good I receive. I want you to be the first for real and not in words only. Give me grace to overcome my weaknesses and live for you according to your standards and not mine. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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