King Jesus rides a milk white horse

But first he rode on a donkey.

Monsignor Knox brings Matthew 21:5

“Tell the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy king is coming to thee humbly, riding on an ass, on a colt whose mother has borne the yoke.”

I’m more accustomed to the NIV’s  “on a colt, the foal of a donkey,’ so I did some checking on the phrase, ” on a colt whose mother has borne the yoke.”  And sure enough, the last word translated “donkey” in the verse is not the same word used for donkey earlier.  It rather says a  “beast of burden.”

Highlighting it is a nice touch since the emphasis in this verse is on Christ’s gentleness and humility. He rides into his capital, not on a prancing charger, but on a humble pack animal.  He is the servant king, the prince of peace.  This is clearly shown when you look at a longer section of the prophecy he is fulfilling.

. . shout in triumph, daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king is coming to you,
his cause won, his victory gained,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

He will banish the chariot from Ephraim,
the war-horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior’s bow will be banished,
and he will proclaim peace to the nations.
( from Zechariah 9:9, 10 REV)

It is important to swear fealty to this King who rides in peace on a donkey, before one is confronted by him when he comes to  judge and make war. That King is vividly presented in “The Apocalypse of the Blessed Apostle John,”- got to love  Knox’s titles.

“Then in my vision heaven opened, and I saw  a white horse appear. It’s rider bore for his title, the Faithful, the True; He judges and goes to battle in the cause of the right. His eyes were like flaming fire, and on his brow were many royal diadems; the name written there is one that only he knows. He went clad in a garment deep dyed with blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God; the armies of heaven followed him. . .”(Rev 19: 11-13)


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