Monday, March 21, 2005

Donkeys

In yesterdays Bible reading, one I`ve heard many times before one verse set me puzzling. It`s strange how I can hear familiar readings time and time again and just accept them but then sometimes something, some phrase or verse will catch my attention and make me wonder a bit more about it.

Yesterdays was Matthew 21: 7 "they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them and Jesus got on"......

My mind said - Why did Jesus need two donkeys? Did he ride them both? - if so why? was it because of the distance? Did someone else ride one? Was the colt big enough to be ridden, or was it that it had to stay with its mother?

Or, in this practical side of the story is the writer also trying to say more? Is there a significance to mentioning both the colt and the donkey?, in the way that many bible passages have a deeper meaning.

1 comment:

Traveller said...

The prophet Zechariah talks about someone riding on 'a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey'. Matthew likes to show how OT prophecies came true in the life of Jesus, so he portrays him riding 2 animals. Other gospel writers don't.