They Just Gave the Colt Away

Luke recounts the story of the triumphal entry, but before that, we see an interesting event.  Jesus tells two of His disciples, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat.  Untie it and bring it here” (Luke 19:30).  So, here, we see God’s omniscience, His all-knowingness.  Jesus knows not only that there will be colt in the village, but where it’s tied and how many people have sat on it.  Jesus’s riding into Jerusalem on a colt, by the way, was for the sake of fulfilling prophecy about the Messiah. 

Jesus continues, “If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’  You shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it’” (v31).  In faith, they went to the village, and sure enough, they found a colt tied.

Luke tells us that “as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’  And they said, ‘The Lord has need of it.’  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it’” (v33-35).  

That is truly amazing.  Imagine being the owners of this colt.  You didn’t just have extra colts lying around.  And yet, just as Jesus said, all the disciples needed to say was “the Lord has need of it“, and that was the end of the matter.  Earlier, we saw God’s omniscience.  Here, we see His omnipotence.  He is all-powerful.  He is sovereign in such a way that the phrase, “the Lord has need of it” was sufficient for the owners of the colt to simply relinquish it.

People get hung up on human will.  Were these colt owners somehow hypnotized?  Did their eyes turn to swirls and did they say in robotic voices, “Yes.  You shall have this colt”?  No.  In some providential way, God ordained that they would willingly give up their colt at those words.  How powerful is our God!

Today’s readings:
Psalm 28
Genesis 26
2 Chronicles 2
Luke 19:28-46

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