Friday 2/26 마태복음 21 : 1-11
3 만일 누가 무슨 말을 하거든 주가 쓰시겠다 하라 그리하면 즉시 보내리라 하시니 4 이는 선지자를 통하여 하신 말씀을 이루려 하심이라 일렀으되 5 시온 딸에게 이르기를 네 왕이 네게 임하나니 그는 겸손하여 나귀, 곧 멍에 메는 짐승의 새끼를 탔도다 하라 하였느니라
3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”
I just realized that actually there were two animals the mother donkey and her baby donkey. And the verse emphasize that he was riding on a foal which is a baby donkey most likely less than one year old. Why did Jesus ride on a foal? I think the mother donkey was being pulled by the disciple first then Jesus followed along on the baby donkey. Or maybe the baby donkey with Jesus was being pulled first and mother donkey following along. Or maybe just both donkeys side by side? (naw probably not). Or maybe the baby foal got tired and Jesus switched to the mother donkey later on. Either case Jesus was riding on the foal at some time.
Why did Jesus ride on a foal? The bible verse says that it’s because he was gentle. If he was riding on a horse, he would be seen as strong like a knight. If he was riding on a sedan chair he would be seen as royal and dignified like Caesar or a King, but no, he rode on a foal. This would be like if President Obama would stroll into the city on a bicycle or even a tricycle at that. It would be utterly out of place and very humble. Yes, Jesus was humble and gentle, why he was born in barn and lay in a feeding trough of horse. How utterly poor and miserable. I think this is why he didn’t even have a place to lay his head. The God of the universe, being so humble is outrageous. Wow, I need to be humble and gentle like Jesus.
Application: Remember Jesus, riding on a foal. I should not seek to be glorified or fighting for my rights but I should rather be humble and gentle like Jesus.