Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
The story we examine today is recorded in Matthew 21, Mark 11, and Luke 19. Jesus spoke to two of His disciples to go into the next village where they would find the colt of an ass that had never been ridden by any man. Jesus told His disciples to bring the colt to Him, and if anyone questioned their actions, they were to tell them, “The Lord has need of him.” Allow me to offer you this example. What would you do if I told you to go to a certain parking lot where a valuable automobile was parked, and that the keys were in the ignition (keep in mind, it’s NOT my car)? All you have to do is get in the car and bring it to me. If anyone questions you, or tries to stop you, just tell them, the Lord needs that car. You would likely think I’m out of my mind. You could be arrested for car theft.
With such a request being given you, I can almost hear you saying the words, “You talking to me?” I can tell you for a certainty that under any natural circumstances, you would never convince me to carry out such a plan. I would not just be saying, “You talking to me?” If you were my friend, I would be doing all I could to prevent you from pursuing such a plan. And if I didn’t know you very well, I would be calling the police to prevent a crime.
But in this case, we are talking about two men, actual identity unknown, who were two of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples, who believed in Jesus with all their heart. At this point in their ministry, like Peter, they would do whatever He asked them to do, even taking part in what some would call theft. But please note, that nothing of this plan was done in the dark. Everyone was fully aware of what was going on. That’s the way faith works. It always works in the light. That is one of the methods we have to determining if what we believe could be a word from the Lord is indeed a word from the Lord. Father will never command you to do anything that will lead to the suffering of others, deceiving of others, or stealing from others. Still, as a believer, are you so completely sold out to Jesus that you would dare be one of those who would go to the next town to retrieve a transport for Him? He needs people who are so committed to Him that NO “You talking to me?” moment will stop them.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4