The Lord needs them now (Mt 21:3-21:3)

“If any one says anything

To you,

Just say this.

‘The Lord needs them.’

He will send them

Immediately.”

 

καὶ ἐάν τις ὑμῖν εἴπῃ τι, ἐρεῖτε ὅτι Ὁ Κύριος αὐτῶν χρείαν ἔχει· εὐθὺς δὲ ἀποστελεῖ αὐτούς.

 

Both Mark, chapter 11:3, and Luke, chapter 19:31, are similar with slight differences.  Jesus said that if anyone said anything to them about this donkey stealing (καὶ ἐάν τις ὑμῖν εἴπῃ τι), they were to say (ἐρεῖτε) to that person that the Lord needs these animals (Ὁ Κύριος αὐτῶν χρείαν ἔχει), as if that was some sort of secret password.  According to Jesus, they would immediately let them take both the donkey and the young colt (εὐθὺς δὲ ἀποστελεῖ αὐτούς), even though they had been tied up and belonged to someone else.  Was this a secret disciple of Jesus in this village?