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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Donkeys on the Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farm in Lebanon County
These donkey shelters on the Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farm in Lebanon County appear to be re-purposed tops of silos!

"The King On A Donkey"

Message summary: The Messiah King who would pay the price for our salvation did not come into Jerusalem on a powerful horse, in glory and honor; He came in gentleness and humility, riding on a lowly donkey. He came to bring peace.

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“Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 'fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt'" (John 12:14-15).


Every Tuesday morning we drive by the Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farm in Lebanon County. There's a lot of livestock in our rural part of the world but rarely do we see more than one or two donkeys at a time. But this farm raises donkeys and we see large groups of them in the field much like we see a herd of cows or horses. Sometimes, if they are near the road we open our window and holler "hee haw" at them till we get their attention. But truth be told they never pay much attention!

Horses are often described as a majestic animal but donkeys could never be described in this way. They're smaller than most horses and not typically used for riding or work, at least not nearly to the extent a horse or its cousin, the mule, (which is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) does.

Donkeys are referenced throughout the Bible. The first reference is a curious exchange between Abram and Pharaoh in Genesis 12.  Certainly the most famous reference in the Old Testament was Balaam’s talking donkey!

However the donkey in our daily text had an important role during the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, being a part of the fulfillment of a Messianic prophecy. Matthew and John's gospel accounts specifically mention this donkey. Mark and Luke use the more generic word "colt".

The various gospel accounts provided varying detail but in John’s record we merely read, “Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it". This was a fulfillment of prophecy spoken of in Zechariah 9:9, "See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

In the ancient Middle Eastern world, leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they came in peace. 1 Kings 1:33 mentions Solomon riding a donkey on the day he was recognized as the new king of Israel. Other instances of leaders riding donkeys are Judges 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; and 2 Samuel 16:2.

Note the characteristics about Christ: “Your king coming to you, righteous, having salvation, gentle.” The righteous One who would pay the price for our salvation did not come into Jerusalem on a powerful horse, in glory and honor; He came in gentleness and humility, on a lowly donkey. He ultimately came to bring peace between God and man. "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand" (Romans 5:1,2).

Jesus fulfills this prophecy of Zechariah. The eventual worldwide peace proclaimed by this humble king will be a fulfillment of the angels’ song in Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” (NKJV). Today let us all worship and serve Him.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, our journey on earth is to be marked by gentleness and humility. There is no example greater than Jesus who left the glory and splendor of heaven to reside among sinful humankind. Though He was King of kings and Lord of lords He walked the lowly path of humility and laid aside His crown for a pauper's life. He did not assume His rightful place but humbly rode on the back of a donkey's colt. We're so thankful that Jesus didn't leave us before His mission was accomplished when the jubilant crowd turned into a jeering mob only days later. We long for the soon coming day when our faithful and true Savior who once rode on a donkey's colt will appear in the heavens riding on a white charger leading the army of saints into their home eternal. What a day, glorious day, that will be!  Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Jerusalem"  Video  CityAlight  We are blessed by these thoughtful lyrics chronicling the events of Holy Week.

See Him in Jerusalem
Walking where the crowds are
Once these streets had sung to Him
Now they cry for murder

Such a frail and lonely man
Holding up the heavy cross
See Him walking in Jerusalem
On the road to save us

See him there upon the hill
Hear the scorn and laughter
Silent as a lamb he waits
Praying to the father

See the king who made the sun
And the moon and shining stars
Let the soldiers hold and nail him down
So that he could save them

See him there upon the cross
Now no longer breathing
Dust that formed the watching crowds
Takes the blood of Jesus

Feel the earth is shaking now
See the veil is split in two
And he stood before the wrath of God
Shielding sinners with his blood

See the empty tomb today
Death could not contain him
Once the servant of the world
Now in victory reigning
Lift your voices to the one

Who is seated on the throne
See him in the new Jerusalem
Praise the one who saved us
Lift your voices to the one

Who is seated on the throne
See him in the new Jerusalem
Praise the one who saved us
Praise the one who saved us

"This is the Day"  Video  CityAlight  A new version of Psalm 118:24

Just in case you want to buy a donkey the Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farm is located here on Google Maps near Audreys, where we serve as chaplains.

Donkeys in Lebanon County pasture
Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farms pasture.
With good rains our area pastures are lush and green.

Donkey in field of blue bells
A donkey in a field of blue bells.

Blue bonnets 4/28/14
We visited Brooksyne's sister near San Antonio in the Spring of 2014 and saw the famous Texas Blue Bonnets, having arrived toward the end of their blooming period but we still saw a few muted patches here and there.

Zero turn rodeo
Yesterday we passed a large lawn being mowed by 4 large zero turn mowers.
It looked like a rodeo!

Major Events of the Passion Week

Here's a helpful chart from a Study Bible as you contemplate the events that took place this holy week.  It's inspiring to read these Scriptures in the daily sequence leading up to Easter. We will leave these materials up all week. If you choose only one gospel to read, Luke is often more detailed than others though there is much to be gleaned from each gospel.

  • Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19
  • Jesus Clears the Temple: Mt. 21:12,13; Mk. 11:15-17; Lk. 19:45,46
  • Jesus' authority challenged in the temple: Mt. 21:23-27; Mk. 11:27-33; Lk. 20:1-8
  • Jesus teaches stories and confronts the Jewish leaders: Mt. 21:28-23:36; Mk. 12:1-40; Lk. 20:9-47   
  • Greeks ask to see Jesus: Jn. 12:20-26
  • The Olivet Discourse: Mt. 24; Mk. 13; Lk. 21:5-38
  • Judas agrees to betray Jesus: Mt. 26:14-16; Mk. 14:10,11; Lk. 22:3-6
  • The Last Supper:  Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:14-20
  • Jesus speaks to the disciples in the upper room:  Jn. 13-17
  • Jesus struggles in Garden of Gethsemane: Mt. 26:36-46; Mk. 14:32-42; Lk. 22:39-46; Jn. 18:1
  • Jesus is betrayed and arrested: Mt. 26:47-56; Mk. 14:43-52; Lk. 22:47-53; Jn. 18:2-12
  • Jesus is tried by Jewish and Roman authorities and disowned by Peter: Mt. 26:57-27:2, 11-31; Mk. 14:53-15:20; Lk. 22:54-23:25; Jn. 18:13-19:16
  • Jesus is crucified and buried: Mt. 27:31-56; Mk. 15:20-41; Lk. 23:26-49; Jn. 19:17-30
  • The glorious resurrection: Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-11; Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20:1-18
(This material is developed from an outline in the Life Application Bible)

"It's Still The Cross!"

(A selection of Scripture verses focusing on the Cross for personal, family or congregational reading.)

Pastor: Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John 19:18

Congregation: This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. Acts 2:23

Pastor:  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Congregation: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

Pastor: By abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  Ephesians 2:15-17

Congregation: He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.  Philippians 2:7-9  

Pastor: For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19,20 

Congregation: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14

All: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3

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