Prologue to the “Donkey”
I got a little laugh on myself a few moments ago as I opened an email from one of my regular readers who has actually become a close friend via email! All that being said…. He said, and I quote “A mule is an animal from a male Donkey and a female Horse, not a female Donkeu or you wouldn’t have a Donkey!” Then there is a link at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mule This made me remember daddy’s famous slip-of-the-tongue made on Palm Sunday whie preaching his sermon…. he was talking about Jesus coming into Jerusalem and said “And Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the little donker…” all I remember after that was falling over behind the pew along with my siblings laughing hysterically… strangely enough daddy didn’t think it was that funny!
Now that we have that straight… I knew that about the donkers and muleys but glad to hear from someone who read it close enough to catch it and bring it to my attention! If you ever see anything like that and you want to make a comment please feel free to do it! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my WordPress site by leaving a comment at the bottom of the article there! That one is http://www.harolene.com
Enjoy this beautiful day! Haro
NOW FOR THE ARTICLE “I AM A DONKEY!”
With the Easter Season upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to re-blog this article on the lowly donkey!
Today the phrase “a mule in horses clothing” came to my mind. It is something that Mammy says to Scarlett in GWTW. It was her opinion of the way Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler were acting, her way of saying they were “putting on airs”.
I gave some thought to that, and then put in a search for “mule” and I found that a mule is not such a bad thing to be. Mules are “more patient, sure-footed, hardy and long-lived than horses, and they are considered less obstinate, faster, and more intelligent than donkeys.” Mules can carry more than 30% of their own weight and can go far distances without having to stop and eat. Mules don’t receive medals and ribbons for their sleek, shiny bodies, or for their ability to jump the high hurdles and they will never wear the wreath of roses at the Kentucky Derby, but if you need a reliable animal, one that can carry the burden, you call on the trusty old mule.
I looked to see if the mule was mentioned in the Bible, I was sure I would find some reference, possibly in the Proverbs, but found nothing, however I did find a reference of the lowly donkey. This wonderful, dependable mule is the offspring of a male donkey, called an ass, or Jack (thus Jackass), and a female donkey, called a Jenny. Their offspring when it is less than a year old, if it is a male is a colt and the female is a filly.
In Numbers 22:22-25 “But God was angry that Balaam was going, so he sent the angel of the LORD Balaam’s donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. The donkey bolted off the road into a field, but Balaam beat it and turned it back onto the road. Then the angel of the LORD stood at a place where the road narrowed between two vineyard walls. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it tried to squeeze by and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So Balaam beat the donkey again. Then the LORD gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam.” You have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!” “But I am the same donkey you have ridden all your life,” the donkey answered. “Have I ever done anything like this before?” “No,” Balaam admitted. Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam bowed his head and fell face down on the ground before him.”
This donkey was smart enough to see the Lord’s angel when his master was not.
Matthew, Mark and Luke all recorded the story of Jesus asking the disciples to find the ass standing with a colt and to bring them to Him, which they did. They put their clothes on the colt’s back and Jesus rode into Jerusalem greeted by people waving palm branches! This fulfilled the prophecy given in Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Are you asking me what the significance is in this knowledge? Here it is, the next time you’re called a jackass you’ll know to take it as a compliment because you come from good, strong stock, and your ancestor lent his back to our Lord! What could be a better heritage than that? To be worthy to carry Jesus is wonderful, so I pray blessings on all my fellow donkeys where ever you may be!
*note on the picture, hey we both know that isn’t a donkey but it’s me when I was a baby so allow me! 🙂