Royal Mount


Dear Donkey Riders,

In Mathew 21:1-3 Jesus sends for a “donkey” to ride into town. The donkey is a humble beast , right? Wrong. In the Hebrew Scriptures, it is kings who ride on donkeys.

That may sound strange---especially in light of countless Palm Sunday sermons we’ve heard. Yet , in 1 Kings 1:32-34, an elderly King David summons the religious leaders, commanding them to make arrangements for Solomon’s coronation. He instructs them to “ Have my son Solomon ride in on my mule.”

A royal mule? What’s that all about?

David was a hill-country chieftain, and Solomon a hill-country chieftain's son. Although, years before, this scrappy warrior had become king of all Israel, he never forgot where he came from.

King David’s royal mount was not a horse. A horse is for those who dwell on the plains, who traverse highways broad and straight. A king like David, who got his start leading bands of riders from cave to cave along rocky trails, preferred a sure footed mule. This is why, in later times, those who foretold the coming of a new king, a Messiah, to assume the throne of David, always had that monarch riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

The Roman overlords might have been amused by this somewhat comical sight—but Jewish zealots who knew their history would not have missed the symbolism.

It will be a great day this Sunday April 13th when the Rev. Larron Jackson serves as our guest preacher for Palm Sunday worship. Let us keep Rev. Jackson in our prayers during his preparation time for this Sunday.

You also are all invited to the Consecration (which means to be made sacred or holy) Sunday dinner that will follow the 10:30 service, at Rock Canyon High School. The meal will be a time of lifting up in celebration the financial resources the Lord has gathered via prayer and the gathering of financial pledges. If you still desire to be present on Sunday and have not had a chance to make a reservation, please contact Claudia Larson at 303-902-0075 or claudia.larson@godsgracecc.com.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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