Friday, January 27, 2012


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You have ridden more horses than I have. But my experience on a number of horses over the years tells me they can be contrary critters. Even "broken" horses. They all have a mind of their own. Now you know why I ride motorcycles instead.

They tell me that a horse cannot be ridden until it is broken. At least ridden safely. Why would it want to do your bidding anyway? So until it is broken it does what it wants, not what you want. And donkeys have a reputation of being even more stubborn.

The picture above is not a horse. It is a donkey - on purpose. And young donkeys, just like young horses are called "colts". At least in the Scriptures. That's what Jesus rode, a young donkey. The old version of the Bible called a donkey an "ass".

I read something again today of interest. When Jesus was getting ready to go to Jerusalem on what we call his "Triumphant Entry", his request to the disciples was to get a very specific "colt".

"As soon as you get there, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden"
-Mark 11:2 (TEV)

Jesus - the very creator of the universe - got on that donkey colt and rode it to Jerusalem with out a whimper from it. He did not even have to break it.

Why is it that we will not yield to our vary creator unless he breaks us, but that "dumb ass" yielded with out a complaint.

Are donkeys smarter than us????


  1. it really makes you wonder doesn't it...I just finished reading 2 Kings...UGH! were those people so "dumb" they couldn't see why their lives were so messed up?! Josiah was a godly king, but the next king did what was evil. Couldn't the people see how good life was when their king was a God loving king? But I guess the more things change the more they stay the same... Thanks for this thought provoking post.

  2. People really have a hard time following Jesus because they want to enjoy their sinful life. A true believer must separate his life from sin. God bless you.