The Donkey of a Soul
- We will start off putting this passage in context
- This would have been a familiar scene for both Jews and Gentiles.
“Lo, your king comes to you,” said the prophet; “triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
- In ancient times, Gentile leaders would ride donkeys in civil processions and horses in military ones, so a king arriving on a donkey would indicate that he was arriving in peace.
- The donkey was cooperative, not stubborn (vv. 4-6).
- Healing from 2020
- Triumphant entry
- Our Soul is Like the Donkey a steady and dependable. Lord Of The Rings; Sam to Frodo
- Steady and dependable is what we have yearned for.
- We will have it again but, it is up to us to create it.
We know we can carry the burden.
Coming back to health and healing.
We have the stamina because we have already been through so much.
- First Century a conqueror rode in on a horse. A leader who entered in peace rode a donkey.
- Jesus comes to us all again in peace.
- Jesus is the gentleman Messiah…he knocks on the heart’s door before coming in.
The Lord has need of it. Burroughs could carry heavy burdens. So can God.
- Our ability to adapt
- One of the first things we need to do in our healing is let go.
- It is time to let our burdens go.
- The Lord has need of us.
- Jesus enters our temple triumphantly!
- Jesus also empowers us to be a refreshing and heal presence in the world.
Call to Celebration
O give thanks to the LORD, for the Lord is good!
Open to us the gates of righteousness, that we may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
We are thankful that you have answered us and have become our salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and has given us light.
O give thanks to the LORD, for the Lord is good, forever. Amen
Today, we come giving thanks for all that we have. We offer ourselves as instruments of praise to you and service to our community. May our joy of connection to you and one another overflow into the world.
Mark 11:1-11 NIV
Bringing in the Light
Concerns & Celebrations
Mark 11:1-11 NIV
Taking the Light into theWorld
Women’s History (Her-story) Month
from Greek Persis, "Persian woman" (Romans 16:12) Persis, one of nine women greeted by Paul in his letter to the Romans, is singled out for special praise. Paul often indicates his affection for particular Christians, especially coworkers, by referring to them as "my beloved [Name]" (Rom 16:5, 8–9), but here he says "the beloved Persis" (italics added), which probably indicates the esteem that Roman Christians have for her. Paul describes her further as having "worked hard in the Lord," using a word he employs elsewhere for his own apostolic labors (for example, Phil 2:16) and for the work of leaders within local congregations (for example, 1 Thess 5:12). Though her name suggests slave or freedwoman status, she was clearly a pillar, if not one of the founders, of the Roman church.
By Jouette M. Bassler
Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books and the New Testament Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.