Luke 19:31-36

Luke 19:31 (KJB)
And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

It would have been normal for the owner of the animals to object and Jesus knew there would be an objection because the owner would not know if they were being stolen. Jesus told them exactly what to say, that the Lord had need of them and then he would allow them to be taken. This man must have been a disciple of Jesus because he allowed them to go with the other disciples. Jesus knew many people in and around the Bethany and Bethphage area. This is also a spiritual lesson for the believer that we are to preach and teach what is written in the Bible and not make up our own gospel to preach. (2 Cor 5:20 KJV) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. We are ambassadors for Christ and an ambassador represents his government. They do not make policy instead they convey the exact stance of a government without any variance. If the Bible speaks about Hell, then we are not omit those teachings. We bring the message whether it is popular or not.

Luke 19:32 (KJB)
And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

The disciples had obeyed the word of the Lord, exactly the way He told them to respond to the man who owned them. They did not fully understand at that moment what was happening but they obeyed Him because by now they knew that He did not do anything on a random basis.

Luke 19:33 (KJB)
And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

Since this was a public place, the disciples had untied the colt and those that were standing there had asked them why they were loosing the colt. It seemed there may have been a little protest on behalf of the ones who were asking the questions.

Luke 19:34 (KJB)
And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

They had responded to those standing by that the Lord had need of the animals. They answered these people in exactly the same way the Lord told them. Their message did not change. We need to keep that principle in mind when doing evangelism.

Luke 19:35 (KJB)
And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

Then they had brought both the donkey and the colt to where Jesus was. Once they arrived, to make it a little more comfortable for Jesus to ride the donkey, they had taken off their outer garments such as their cloaks and had placed it on the back of the animals. Then once the clothes was set properly on the animal, then Jesus sat on the back and was ready to enter the city of Jerusalem. Donkeys were basically made for carrying heavy loads during times of peace and not times of war because their stubbornness can cause a regiment to stall placing them in harmís way. Jesus came to bring the peace that would be between God and man. (Rom 5:1 KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: So the donkey was a good representation about the type of king Jesus was because it was carrying the one who would make peace between us and God the Father.

Luke 19:36 (KJB)
And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

While Jesus was coming down the path from Bethany, the people would have been singing the words to Psalm 24 and as they came across the valley, they would see Jesus riding the donkey and would know it would be a fulfillment of Zechariah 9. While Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, a great crowd had honored Him by spreading their garments in the way and even cutting down branches and filling the road with them. This entrance into Jerusalem was a Messianic declaration and no longer would there by any mystery about the claims of Jesus being the Messiah because here He was publicly declaring it. Many would have known Jesus already since people came to the Passover from areas of Galilee and Peraea where He did much of His ministry for well over a year. (Zec 14:4 KJV) And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. The glory of the Lord shall come from the Mount of Olives.

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