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Lesson # Matt. 21:2-7
Study Material - Matt. 21:2-7
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2 Saying [lego] unto them [autos] , Go [poreuomai] into [eis] the village [kome] over against [apenanti] you [humon] , and [kai] straightway [eutheos] ye shall find [heurisko] an ass [onos] tied [deo] , and [kai] a colt [polos] with [meta] her [autos] : loose [luo] them, and bring [ago] them unto me [moi] .
3 And [kai] if [ean] any man [tis] say [epo] ought [tis] unto you [humin] , ye shall say [ereo] , [hoti] The Lord [kurios] hath [echo] need [chreia] of them [autos] ; and [de] straightway [eutheos] he will send [apostello] them [autos] .
4 All [de] [holos] this [touto] was done [ginomai] , that [hina] it might be fulfilled [pleroo] which [ho] was spoken [rheo] by [dia] the prophet [prophetes] , saying [lego] ,
5 Tell ye [epo] the daughter [thugater] of Sion [Sion] , Behold [idou] , thy [sou] King [basileus] cometh [erchomai] unto thee [soi] , meek [praus] , and [kai] sitting [epibaino] upon [epi] an ass [onos] , and [kai] a colt [polos] the foal [huios] of an ass [hupozugion] .
6 And [de] the disciples [mathetes] went [poreuomai] , and [kai] did [poieo] as [kathos] Jesus [Iesous] commanded [prostasso] them [autos] ,
7 And brought [ago] the ass [onos] , and [kai] the colt [polos] , and [kai] put [epitithemi] on [epano] them [autos] their [autos] clothes [himation] , and [kai] they set [epikathizo] [epikathizo] him thereon [epano] [autos] . KJV-Interlinear
2 saying to them, 'Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them, and bring them to Me. 3 'And if anyone says something to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them.' 4 Now this took place that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 5 'Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' 6 And the disciples went and did just as Jesus had directed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid on them their garments, on which He sat. NAS
The exactness of prophecy. Who could have guessed that 500 years earlier, Zechariah (Zech. 9:9), who prophesied these events, would have seen them fulfilled on that Palm Sunday, just outside of the city, where a donkey and her colt would be tied up, the owners standing nearby, that the owners would ask what the disciples were doing, that the owners of the donkey and colt would give their permission for them to take the donkey and colt, and that Jesus' entry on the back of the colt would be welcomed openly by the people of Jerusalem. In just three days, the people would change their attitude toward Him, but in another three days, Jesus Christ would change and secure the freedom of the entire human race.
Did the disciples know of the prophecy? No. When they retrieved the donkey and colt, they placed their coats on both, for riding pads, not knowing which animal Jesus would mount. Jesus rode on the colt, the offspring of the donkey, a beast of burden. Jesus was also about to carry the burden of the sins of the world. The colt never having been ridden before, therefore was reserved just for Jesus for this specific ride.
The colt did not fight the new rider, but left its mother for the journey into the city amid many thousands of people along the route. Have you ever tried to ride a young colt - for the first time? Especially one that was old enough to be ridden but was still close to its mother. And not only that, ride it along a road where there is a great deal of attention, noise, distraction and such? Riding away from its mother, into unknown territory, away from home. This is very unusual behavior for such a young animal still mother bound. Yet this was the prophecy, and Jesus fulfilled it to the letter. No one, except God, could have known that there would be two animals there at that time, or that the owners would even give permission to take the animals. Yet they did. No one forced them to give permission. They did so voluntarily.
God can look down the tunnel of time and see the events that will happen. He does not have to force them to happen. The owners were generous to the strangers. The colt was gentle. The colt would not have returned with the disciples, without its mother, so they brought both colt and mother as Jesus instructed them. Yet the colt did allow Jesus to mount it and then proceeded to leave its mother with Jesus riding on its back. The colts obedience remained with its mother until it came into the possession of Jesus, then it became obedient to Christ. Again, even the natural volition and character of the animal was not coerced.
Most kings ride into their capital city on a fine white war horse, or in a carriage pulled by the finest of steeds, but this was not an entry to assume power. It was not the time for earthly splendor, earthly power, grandeur and glorification. Jesus came in poverty, in meekness, and total humiliation.
He was the son of a poor carpenter. He rode a colt that was borrowed because he owned no herd of His own. He was dressed in His clothes of poverty, not in robes of wealth. Jesus was here to serve and to save. And He knew of His mission. He followed and fulfilled prophecy to the letter, knowing His ultimate goal - the Cross.
He was not caught by surprise in the intensity of the events of the next few days. He was not the poor victim of diabolical plans against Him. He was not ashamed. He had no fear. He had no regrets. Jesus Christ controls history. The events that are about to unfold, were foretold in eternity past in the Divine Decrees.
This was the sovereign choice of God that these events would all come to pass in their precise order and in their complete and unaltered finality. Satan did everything he could to prevent the Cross. He tried to arouse the people into stoning Christ. He tried to tempt Christ, with empty promises, into avoiding all of this. He stood over the infant Jesus with the flaming sword of the dragon (rev) to prevent Jesus birth into this world. He tried to have all male children executed to prevent Jesus' growing up. Tests and arguments and debates galore were thrust at Jesus, but He did not buckle under the challenges of the Pharisees, or even under the inept attitudes of the apostles.
What God wills to happen, will happen. What God does not will, cannot be forced by man nor angel. Jesus Christ controls history. This means a great deal to each of us, if we are positive toward Him, in fellowship, and obedient to His will. If so, then our lives are totally secure regardless of our circumstances.
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