The young donkey (Jn 12:14-12:14)

“Jesus

Found

A young donkey.

He sat upon it.

Just as it is written.”

εὑρὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὀνάριον ἐκάθισεν ἐπ’ αὐτό, καθώς ἐστιν γεγραμμένον

Then John indicated that Jesus (δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς) found (εὑρὼν) a young donkey (ὀνάριον).  John was the only Greek biblical gospel writer to use this term ὀνάριον, that means a little donkey or a young ass.  Jesus sat upon it (ἐκάθισεν ἐπ’ αὐτό) just as it was written (καθώς ἐστιν γεγραμμένον).  Luke chapter 19:35-36, indicated that two disciples brought the colt to Jesus (καὶ ἤγαγον αὐτὸν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν), not that Jesus found a random little donkey.  The disciples threw their cloaks on the colt (καὶ ἐπιρίψαντες αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐπὶ τὸν πῶλον).  They then set Jesus on the colt (ἐπεβίβασαν τὸν Ἰησοῦν).  Mark, chapter 11:7-8, said that two disciples brought or led this colt (καὶ φέρουσιν τὸν πῶλον) back to Jesus (πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν).  They placed their outer garments, cloaks, or coats on this colt (καὶ ἐπιβάλλουσιν αὐτῷ τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτῶν).  Then Jesus sat on the colt (καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐπ’ αὐτόν), so that Jesus had an animal to ride on.  Mark also said that many people (καὶ πολλοὶ) spread out their outer garments, cloaks, or coats on the road (τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτῶν ἔστρωσαν εἰς τὴν ὁδόν).  Meanwhile, others were cutting down leafy branches from the surrounding fields (ἄλλοι δὲ στιβάδας, κόψαντες ἐκ τῶν ἀγρῶν), also spreading out these branches on the road.  Matthew, chapter 21:7-8, also said that they put their outer garments or coats on the donkey (καὶ ἐπέθηκαν ἐπ’ αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια).  Then Jesus sat on it (καὶ ἐπεκάθισεν ἐπάνω αὐτῶν).  Matthew was more elaborate in explaining how the two disciples got the donkey.  The two disciples went out (πορευθέντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ) and did just as Jesus had directed or commanded them to do (καὶ ποιήσαντες καθὼς συνέταξεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς).  They brought the donkey and the colt back (ἤγαγον τὴν ὄνον καὶ τὸν πῶλον) to Jesus.  Then they put their outer garments or coats on them (καὶ ἐπέθηκαν ἐπ’ αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια).  Then Jesus sat on them (καὶ ἐπεκάθισεν ἐπάνω αὐτῶν).  Thus, the Mark and Luke stories and the prophet Zechariah, chapter 9:9, are right about one young colt donkey. not a donkey and a colt.  Zechariah the prophet said that Yahweh wanted Jerusalem to shout and rejoice, because a new king was coming that would be riding on a young donkey.  John also had one young donkey.  Jesus was ready for his grand entrance into Jerusalem.  Have you ever seen a person riding on a donkey?

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