28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a] “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Verse 30 begins with “Go…” So many times in Jesus interactions with His disciples He tells them to do something with clear directions about how to handle the situation. In this case He tells them what to do, what to say and how to answer when questions are asked. All the disciples have to do is be obedient. They are. It doesn’t say they thought about whether they would do it or not; or whether they should do it; or whether they had in fact heard Jesus or made it up themselves…. they listened, they heard they obeyed and it happened to them just as Jesus described. This obedience provided a donkey that carried Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowds cheered and shouted praise – declarative prophetic praise!
Oh God, how often do I question you when you speak to me… to go… to do… to respond…?
How often do I miss out on partnering with you obediently in situations that would lead to your triumphant entry into people’s lives? Help me be obedient – opening the way for you to enter into those situations in all your glory!
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn