December 12 – Donkey Riding

Zechariah 9:9:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


Zechariah gives us something tangible here for what we are to expect when the Forever King comes. He talks about the king coming in on a donkey. A donkey is not what we expect a king who will judge the world. We would probably expect a war stallion, a signal a might and power to law down the law. We would expect someone to rise up, leading the banner for us to follow behind, leading to our victory. His righteousness like a light to guide the way, with salvation like a steam in his wake.

This isn’t the picture Zechariah paints. He paints a picture of a humble king. A king who rejects the war horse for a baby donkey. He is the symbol of righteousness, a quiet righteousness and an extended hand reaching out offering salvation to those he comes in contact with.

The view of the eternal king is coming into focus, and is defying expectations. Especially as different nations rise and fall around Israel, each one pulling Israel further and further from their own kingship.



Dear God,

Thank you for the humble eternal king. We often expect you to take over in our weakness, instead of working us through it. Thank you for sending a leader who doesn’t force us to follow in line, but still full of salvation.

In Jesus Name,



Carol of the Day:

Away in a Manger


Family Activity:

Book Run

Use today to visit the library and check out books on winter or Christmas. Read them out loud to one another. What about them is your favorite? Is there an underlying theme or genre that stands out? What do the books picked out say about you?

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