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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Donkey -- VBS by Pastor Ronnie Koch

Donkeys are one of the most often mentioned animals in the Bible. In ancient Europe, Asia and Africa, donkeys were as common as cars are for us today. Even today, in the Middle East you can see many donkeys in the countryside as well as on city streets.

1.  A donkey served Jesus, taking Him to Jerusalem.

Jesus rode a donkey into the city on his last visit to Jerusalem. The beast of burden bore Jesus who would, within, a few days, bear the burden of the world’s sins on the cross.

2.  Balaam had an argument with his donkey.

            A very interesting donkey is described in the Bible, Numbers 22.  When Balaam would  not listen to what God said, God miraculously gave Balaam’s donkey the gift of human speech. The donkey told Balaam what was what. This becomes a fun little lesson for us today to keep listening to what God has to say.

3. “Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

            God’s word tells us what we are to do and not do. But then, more importantly, it tells us what God has done for us:  He sent Jesus to this earth and to the cross to serve us. Jesus became our beast of burden, carrying our griefs and sorrows, our sins and guilt. Because of all Jesus did, God forgives us and promises to lead us all our days and into eternal life with Him.

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