After God BRAKES a Promise
by Shirley Carr 3/27/2010 / Devotionals
Mark 11:1-11 NIV
I am not suggesting that God makes a promise and then reneges. Numbers 23:19 says, "God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does He speak and then act not? Does He promise and not fulfill?" (NIV) When God speaks things happen! A time is always set aside for the revelation and the fulfillment of that word.
Mark 11:1-11 gives clarity on this situation. Mark suggests that when a word is to be fulfilled there is a preparation, there is a revival, and there is redemption. Jesus and His Disciples have been on a journey and Jesus who is the promise, Jesus who is the fulfillment of a revelation, is ready to reveal who He really is; after having been on pause; after having been on Brake! You ask what do you mean Jesus had been on pause? Mark gives us clear understanding that, up until Mark 11, Jesus has yet to reveal who is really is. In Mark Chapter 1, He heals a man with leprosy and warns the man not to tell anyone. He silences the demons who would announce His true identity. In Chapter 4, He takes the disciples and others and teaches them in private. In the book of Mark Chapter 11:1-11, we are introduced to what has been known as, The Triumphant Entry. First thing you have to take note of is that the environment is set.
Jesus and the disciples are traveling from Jericho and they came near Jerusalem but it was at Bethany and Bethpage at the Mount of Olives that they stopped. He gave instructions to two disciples. Jesus knew the disciples could go into the gate! He tells them to go into the village and untie a colt that has never been ridden and if anyone asks you why are you doing it"Tell them the LORD needs it, but will send it back here shortly." So now Marks says that the disciples go and find the colt. Did you notice where the colt is tied? He is tied in the open street to a door. In the open street is the market. So the colt is tied to a door and surrounding him is capitalism and mercantilism. The colt is surrounded by the production and distribution of goods, trade, and services. The colt is the vehicle to actually transport the goods! Nevertheless, the colt is struggling with what is around him because He is tied up! So, the colt wants to move but he can't and the bible says the disciples untie him. Now look what happens The disciples encounter opposition. The disciples went to the village in obedience to the instructions and they were given and encountered opposition; trying to do what the Lord instructed them to do. Have you ever been in this place? Have you ever been given an assignment and people misunderstood the assignment that you have been given? Have you ever been given the "go ahead" by Jesus and you ran into opposition. Jesus trusted the disciples to say, "The Lord needs it." And it's something about the name Jesus. that whatever you get caught up in. all you have to do is say Jesus. You may not remember all of the scriptures but all you have to do is say the name Jesus, because at the name of Jesus every knee has got to bow! Have you every encountered sickness while you have been doing the work of the Lord? Have you ever encountered depression? Have you ever encountered loneliness? Have you every encountered lack? Have you every encountered the thing you know that God delivered you from? So with the strength you can muster after going the distance in doing the will of the Lord you look the opposition in the face and all you have to do is the name of Jesus! Marks 11:6 says they answered as Jesus told them and people let them go.
And Mark 11:7 says they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloak over the colt. They threw their covering over the colt! Jesus sat on the donkey and as he proceeds to Jerusalem! The people begin to shout Save! They remember the promise that was made back in Zechariah 9:9, that the king would come and be riding on a donkey. In the same verse it says that some people spread branches they had cut in the field.
The passage says that the people spread branches that they had cut in the field, if you remember in John 15:5, Jesus was speaking and He said, I am the vine and you are the branches, if a man remains in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is a reminder that when you feel like life has cut you, you are actually being used for the Glory of God. The pain allows us to be spread on the road of life so the Glory could use us for A Triumphant Entry! But remember that just like the untying of the colt; Jesus didn't cut you off. After God Brakes a promise.. He is showing you that He won't cut you off! He is a Redeemer! Like the last verse in the passage Mark 11: 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. Jesus was illustrating to us that He knew a new day was coming. He knew He was going to die for our sins. I'm so glad he died on the cross and was resurrected. He didn't let us go!