The Lord Hath Need of Him

And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.  And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him?  thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.  And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.  And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?  And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

Luke 20:28-34

In this passage, Jesus and his disciples were getting ready to go to Jerusalem.  Jesus told two of them to go into a village and bring Him a colt that was tied there.  If the owner asked what they were doing, they were to simply respond “the Lord hath need of him.”  They did as they were commanded, finding the colt and untying it.  The owners understandably asked what they were doing and they responded as they were told.

As I read this passage, I thought about something.  What if the owners had insisted that the disciples leave the colt alone.  What if they didn’t care whether the Lord needed it or not.  After all, the colt was theirs.  Clearly Jesus (being God) knew how they would respond even before He sent the disciples.  But imagine the honor that these people had.  Jesus used their colt to ride into Jerusalem.  But that would not have been had they not been willing to accept the fact that “the Lord hath need of him.”

There are things in our lives that the Lord “hath need of.”  It might be a possession or it might be a talent or ability.  Whatever it is, are we immediately submissive when we find out the “Lord hath need of” it?  It’s a thought provoking question.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thought provoking indeed, Ben! Thank you! Praying tonight and asking Him what He has need of, that I can give or do. God bless you!


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