Vinil and Rachel John

(14 March 2017)

It is a bright and beautiful day. There is both joy and contention all around and your universe could not be any more fruitful than it is in the present. And yet you are sitting there, a silent participant in your own life battling the burden of being purposeless. The job that was the most colored feather on your crown is now gone or that opportunity to experiment with something new is gone or perhaps it has been years since you caught a break, and all the while you can not fight the feeling of Uselessness.

That feeling was something, a variety of biblical characters like Jeremiah, Job and David felt, and most people know their stories and how God used their valley phases to accomplish His will over their lives.

Today, we recollect the story of a donkey and her colt. Donkeys were used as beasts of burden by the middle class during theBible times. For example, Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem on a little donkey. Donkeys were only tied up if it were the mating season or for security reasons. But a donkey and a colt were found tied up to a pole (Matthew 21:2[1]), and the colt did not seem to have any sort of harness or saddle on her (Luke 19:30[2]) and so, on Jesus’ instructions, both the donkey and her colt were called to service.

What follows is a beautiful gesture. The disciples place their cloaks on the donkey and her colt. There was significance to a person’s cloak in Biblical times. For example, Elisha’s call to ministry came in the form of a cloak being laid on him by Elijah (1 Kings 19:19[3]). Later on, when Elijah was transported via the chariots of fire and the whirlwind, the only raiment of his that Elisha took was Elijah’s cloak, and he wrapped it around his staff and put it to use by parting the river of Jordan. The cloak here represented both the call to ministry and a tangible measure of anointing unto that ministry. In Matthew 22:12[4], the wedding garment/cloak was a requirement to be a part of the wedding feast.

I am not saying that the donkey and the colt were anointed, but it is a good typology for us to glean from. After you have been on the threshing floor, you can partake of the feast that is to follow.

And so, Jesus the Anointed One, rode on the colt, and while doing so, many other laid down their cloaks on the ground for the donkeys to walk over.They also pulled out palm leaves, laid them down on the ground too. Consider the physicality of a donkey. At best, donkeys could stretch out and eat the leaves of certain kinds of bushes and shrubs, and yet here, these donkeys got to try the leaves of a palm tree. What they were offered was no ordinary feed.

Like the story of a goldsmith who keeps the gold in the hottest of furnaces, till it is pure and its purity is evident only when the goldsmith can see his reflection, after which the gold is allowed to cool off and then fashioned into the most interesting of art and then is priced in the ranges of luxury God works on us until He can see His reflection in us.

It is a rather strange leap of ascertaining one’s future with the incidents that revolved around a donkey, but our security is in knowing that God uses the minuscule and mundane of the world to confound the wise and the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27[5]).

To anyone out there feeling the burden of uselessness, hang in there, friend. Our Redeemer Jesus knows where you are and will come to you in time and will call you for His purposes. At that kairos appointed moment, the verse “The LORD has need of him/her” (Matthew 21:3[6])will be in effect!

 

 

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[1] Matthew 21:2 – Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. (KJV)

[2] Luke 19:30 – Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. (KJV)

[3] 1 Kings 19:19 – So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. (KJV)

[4] Matthew 22:12 – And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. (KJV)

[5] 1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (KJV)

[6] Matthew 21:3 – And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them (KJV)