Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogging Through the Gospels Mark 11

Scripture ~ Mark 11:2 . . . 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.

Observation ~ We hear about the miracles of fish and loaves, of the wine at the wedding, of the various healings, etc.  But we don't hear about the miracle of the colt.  Now, nowhere in the bible is the word, 'miracle' used around this part of the triumphal entry, but I'm telling you, if anyone got on the back of a colt, "whereon never man sat", and didn't immediately experience some problems or be flat out thrown to the ground, it's a miracle.

Breaking a horse to ride takes months of bridle training, lunging, ground driving, etc before you can consider getting on him let alone expect him to go where you want.  If you're in the 'bit last' camp of horse training, you may be on his back and using a hackamore to steer him.

However in this instance, we know that this was a colt who had never been ridden, and was tied.  If he had never been ridden, he was probably not tied with a bridle and reins, or a hacamore and reins, but more likely tied with a single lead rope that was attached to a halter.  While one can ride a well trained horse with a halter and lead rope (neck reining on one side and bit reining on the other) this is not something that one can expect an untrained donkey colt to understand or even tolerate.  All he'd know is that someone is shoving his neck one way and pulling his mouth another.

One simply does not jump onto a colt and expect him to docilely comply with a rider's weight and direction.  Unless, of course, your Jesus.

Application ~ Two things came to mind when reading through this.

1.  I wonder how many miracles we miss because the words and sermons surrounding them don't announce, "miracle".

2.  I'm reminded of a lovely sermon heard about 10 years ago - the only one I've ever heard about this passage.  The jist of it was, here's this donkey's colt, young, foolish, and untrained . . . and yet he was used by Christ.  He wasn't well studied, well trained, majestic looking, no shiny coat, polished hoofs, or smooth mane.  This wasn't even the colt of a horse, but just a donkey.  Humble, homely, his work would eventually be carrying loads, nothing more.

I can remember the pastor saying . . .

Let me be the donkey Jesus rides on.
We are studying through Romans via Pastor Walker here, and in his May 8th sermon he spoke about how not one of us are good.

Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  (Emphasis mine.)

We are no better than the donkey, and yet Jesus used him, in all his humble, lowly, homeliness.

I think I've gone back to more 'Observation'.  Sorry!  I guess my point here is, Jesus can use us in all our humility.  Am I asking Him to use me in spite of my self?

Prayer ~ Father, you know that there is nothing good in me.  Nothing righteous, no understanding, no seeking, that I've turned aside, have become unprofitable and simply do no good.  I am no better than the colt your disciples found tied by the door.  You were able to use that colt, Lord.  Would you please use me, in spite of myself, as well?

Interested in more on this passage?


  1. This is great! Thank you for sharing. I have often wondered about the miracle of the colt... just that is was there. But I never really thought much more it or what else it implied. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  2. Hurray for the lowly @ss. There's hope for me yet. (Hope that wasn't too crude...)


  3. Amy - You're welcome! Thank you for hosting such a great study plan.

    Julie - no. You're discussing an animal, not being obscene. Two different things! :)


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