Jesus, A Donkey, and His Father

Back in April, around Easter time, Matt from Jesusluvsall started doing Saturday Blogger Chats over Zoom with bloggers. I’ve had the pleasure of joining each of those chats so far and they have been awesome! Meeting people from different parts of the world, sharing Biblical encouragement with each other, giving blogging tips, and knowing more about each other. During that first meeting, the series Jesus, A Donkey, and His Father was born.

Kelly wrote part 1 and started the whole series, and you can read his post here.

Deandra wrote part 2 and you can read her post here.

Dawn wrote part 3 and you can read her post here.

Matt wrote part 4 and you can find his post here.

Robert joined in one of the meetings, heard the idea, and jumped on board! 🙂 You can read his post here.

All the above bloggers are seriously AWESOME and I really recommend following them! 🙂

Donkeys, Equines, Herbivores, ### Gutter, Gray Donkey

We find this Biblical account in Matthew 21:1-11.

As I read the Bible passage, I was struck with the fact of how humble Jesus was. Jesus showed forth the perfect example of humility. Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (KJV) Him riding on a donkey in itself is a sign of meekness. He really showed a humble attitude in all He did.

In the Bible, a donkey can mean different things. Here’s some of what they symbolize: the authority of God’s word , versatility, hard working, determination, will power, obstinacy, dedication towards work and devotion, and meekness. Having a king ride on such a lowly, but gentle animal truly shows His tender heart.

The palm branches that the multitude waved also symbolize some things. They are the following: Goodness, victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. All of those were outwardly showed through Jesus’s actions.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the multitude of people were also laying down their garments on the road for the donkey and Jesus to ride over. For them to do that revealed their respect and honor toward Jesus. They cried out, “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”

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62 thoughts on “Jesus, A Donkey, and His Father

  1. A beautiful interpretation. Good morning and have yourself a blessed day.

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  2. Awesome post, Lydia!

    ~Esther

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      1. 😉 ❤

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  3. Thats so amazing!! I havent read that passage for a while!💙

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  4. Wonderful observations, Lydia! I love how you shed insight into the significance of the donkey, the palm trees, the garments being spread out and most importantly on the posture of our Master – His meekness and humility.

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    1. Awwww thank you, Deandra! ❤ ❤

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      1. You’re welcome, Lydia ❤️

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  5. The divine is in everyone and everything,
    After the winter comes the spring…
    Bells of joy start to ring
    And birds , in the sky , fly and sing
    A flying bird has a wing ,
    Every creation is like a king …

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  6. Good job little sister. I knew you could do it 🙂
    Good points about the donkey and the response of the people

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  7. This is a fantastic post! I’m so blessed to have read it today. Thank you so much!
    About the donkey….I thought you might enjoy an even deeper meaning behind the events that transpired just before the crucifixion and how He fulfilled all things, even in the seeming
    Smallest of details that we might miss.

    The Next day, on His way to Jerusalem, nearing the village of Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples ahead, telling them to look for a donkey and its unbroken colt. The disciples were instructed to untie the animals and bring them to him.
    Then J-sus sat on the young donkey and slowly, humbly, made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, fulfilling the ancient prophecy in Zechariah 9:9: and a remarkable resemblance to 1 Kings 1:38-49
    “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
    1 Kings 1:38-40  So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon mount King David’s mule, and they escorted him to Gihon.  Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!”  And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
    Hosanna – Please save us! Salvation!

    You can read more here:
    https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/the-aroma-of-a-king/

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    1. Thank you so much.
      Wow. Thanks for sharing that with me, Laura.

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  8. Well done Lydia, and thanks for the shout out! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Robert! 🙂
      You’re welcome!!

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  9. Reblogged this on The Simple Preacher and commented:
    Annnndddd…. Part 5!!! Thank you Lydia!

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  10. I loved your post Lydia! You pointed out something so amazing…how humble Jesus is. Humility is needed to go deeper in Him and is needed to touch the lives of others for His glory. Thanks for sharing Robert’s post too. ❤️

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    1. Awww thank you, Dawn. Yes!!! ❤

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  11. Interesting to know about the donkey incident…

    I wonder if riding donkeys was common back then. After all, much later Napoleon led his campaigns on a donkey too.

    Nice article!

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  12. Simply Trusting May 12, 2020 — 11:59 am

    This is a really good post! Thanks for doing this! Have a great day! God bless!

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    1. Thanks!
      You’re welcome! 🙂

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  13. Lydia! What a cool idea! I will have to learn more about zoom!

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  14. This was such a good post, friend!! Amen to all of that!! 😀
    *hugs
    -kaelyn 😛

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    1. Thank you so much, Kaelyn! *hugs*

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      1. Of course, friend!!
        *hugs
        -kaelyn 😛

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  15. This is beautiful! I need to learn more about Zoom, too.

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  16. I love that you guys have been doing these meetings and that posts have come about as a result! Great scripture to emphasize!!❤️

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  17. Well done! I enjoyed reading about what each thing represents. You write so well. ☺ Thanks for sharing, Lydia.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina!
      You’re welcome! 🙂

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  18. Hi! I love the post. The level of our greatness cannot supersedes the level of our meekness and Jesus is our perfect example. The meekest Moses was also the greatest Moses. Take care.

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  19. Great post Lydia, thanks for sharing ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
    It’s very interesting reading about a different religion!
    Sending loads of love to you and family and that awesome mom of yours!

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  20. Jesus was the perfect example of humbleness! Reading His words in the Bible always amaze me! The humbleness, the wisdom, love, sternness when need be, forgiveness—are just a few of His attributes that I pray we all can model our lives after!

    You did an awesome job Baby Girl! I am so so very proud of you! Keep following after Jesus! He will never fail you! And always stay humble! 🤗💜

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    1. Yes, so true.
      Awww thank you! ❤

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  21. This is great, Lydia! And what a fabulous idea to have a blogger chat!

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  22. Yay, she did it!. Nice write-up Lydia. 🤗
    Christ’s humility gave Him all – and that’s why we can call on His name and it speaks even better than Abel’s voice. I believe it pays a lot for us to be humble and meek because the humble and lowly donkey also got exalted too.

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    1. Awww thanks, Mercy!
      Yes, so true! ❤

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  23. I love the collection you put together where each of you comment and offer perspective on the donkey.

    Really special and inclusive. Great on so many levels!!

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  24. That’s really neat. I never thought to do zoom calls with other bloggers. I do it with my youth group but never thought of that. Good idea.

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      1. Are y’all still doing devotionals over zoom? And just curious, what denomination are y’all? I was raised missionary baptist but I’m in a southern baptist church.

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      2. We really just chat about what’s been going on in our lives the past week and encourage each other. Sometimes, one of the participates will show how they create Bible verse images or use some cool thing to help their blog.
        We’re all different denominations. I am independent Baptist.

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      3. That’s neat. Would it be ok if I joined y’all every once in a while when I have time?

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      4. Sure thing! I’ll email you the host’s email address and he’ll give the meeting number out at some point this upcoming week. We normally meet Saturday mornings.

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  25. achme24gmailcom June 1, 2020 — 11:59 am

    Very awesome

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