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Monday, April 12, 2004

Jesus instructs them to steal 

I posted a little of this on the Preachingplus blog and it is still bothering me so, I thought you may want to give your insights.

Luke 19:28-40

19:28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

19:29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,

19:30 saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'"

19:32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.

19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."


Could it be that Jesus asks his disciples to steal His ride? Isn't it a sin to take something that's not yours? Is it good enough just to say, "Well after all, everything is the Lord's"?

The sequence of this story is so strange. If only Jesus would have instructed them to go to the owner first and tell him, "The Lord needs it." But, this is not the case. Jesus seems to instruct them to go and take the colt--and if you get caught explain, "The Lord needs it."

What were the two disciples thinking as they approached the colt? What was their conversation like on the way? I must admit, I would have questioned this request.

Sometimes I feel churches and other organizations ask me to give because "The Lord needs it" and it feels like robbery.

I confess this scripture is a strange event and causes me some concern. How can I preach about it without honestly struggling through the questions above?

Has God ever instructed you to do wrong?

Lord, may our conversation be honest.

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