“The Lord has need of them.”

         By Matthew 21, Jesus has reached Jerusalem.  In preparation for his arrival that we will celebrate on Palm Sunday in two weeks, Jesus sends two disciples ahead to look for a donkey tied with her colt and the disciples are to bring them.  If anyone questions them, they are to say, “The Lord needs them.”  Scripture is in the process of being fulfilled given in a prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9.

         A popular commercial a few years back was built on this Wikipedia article,

         “Six degrees of separation is the idea that all people are six or fewer social connections away from each other. As a result, a chain of “friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. It is also known as the six handshakes rule.

We joke about being the friend of a friend who knew someone we know or is related to someone else whom we know.  We laugh when we meet people who know someone we know.  But we do not particularly apply this rule in the spiritual realm.  We are more prone to think an accident is directly related to a shortcoming in our life or something we’ve done wrong. 

         Jesus borrows the donkey and colt, not because he needs a beast to ride.  He can walk.  He borrows them to fulfill prophecy.  The beast is secondary to the goal he is working on, entering Jerusalem.  The question we might ask ourselves today is to ponder our willingness to be an instrument for Jesus to accomplish his desires for our world today?  Are we willing to play second fiddle?

Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4″

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