MARK CHAPTER 11 (11 OF 16)

by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 11 (11 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

Now this passage of Scripture has always interested me in that there are many people who see no divine work at hand. They say that the Lord pre-arraigned the acquisition of the donkeys before this event. I don't see how you can't see the divine hand of God in this incident seeing that these instructions clearly are linked to prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, which if not fulfilled, would cause tremendous problems. Matthew made that absolutely clear in Matthew 21. All of these things were done to fulfill Scripture.

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Jesus and His disciples arrived to Bethpage, which was a hamlet between Jericho and Jerusalem, close to Bethany. When they came to the Mount of Olives Jesus sent two of His disciples to the village that was opposite them and immediately they would find there a donkey tied up. The instruction was for them to untie him and bring it to Jesus. If someone enquired of what they were doing, just tell them that the Lord had need of it and immediately he would send him.

There was no pre-arrangement indicated with Jesus or the owner of the donkeys that I can think of, nor is there anything like that in the other gospels. This is God's divine plan at work, fulfilling Scripture in what to many may seems an insignificant act. T ...

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