“Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves.
-In Hebrew donkey is written as ayir & it means colt, foal.
-Donkeys were symbols of labour, peace, humility, endurance & wealth, while horses signified wealth, war, power & strength of a military force.
-Issachar was Jacob’s ninth son & Leah’s fifth son. The tribe of Issachar, one of the tribes of Israel understood the seasons during the time of King David & brought in supplies of floor, cakes, wine, oils, oxen & sheep (1 Chro 12:40).
-In Mat 11:28, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
We thank You Father, for Your loving kindness & tender mercies upon our lives. We cast all our burdens unto You; for You care for us. Take complete control of our lives & grant us Your peace. Amen
And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!”
-Prophet Balaam on his journey to Moab to meet Balak; the king who wanted him to curse the Israelites, when the donkey spoke. This might seem un-natural but presumably Balaam was accustomed to Gods divinity. To note, the serpent spoke to Eve regarding the fruit in Eden (Gen 3:1).
-The Angel of the Lord opened the eyes of the donkey to see him while Balaam was blinded from him for a time. Later, Balaam in his prophecy said that his eyes were opened, ears could hear Gods words & he could see visions (Num 24:3-4).
May we be led in Your wisdom Father, to always hear from You. Open our eyes to see visions & dreams of what You want to show us. May Your grace abound in us forever more. Amen
For an empty-headed man will be wise, When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.
-The wild donkey’s colt is considered unwise, untamable & obstinate. Therefore, such a man is unteachable, empty, proud & egotistic. He is unable to learn from others & yield to the fear of God; which is the beginning of wisdom.
Prov 12:15, The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
We humbly come unto Your able hands Lord, asking You for mercy & grace. Teach us to be humble in all situations & to always learn from You. May Your love & wisdom reign in our hearts in all our relations. Amen
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.
-After destroying their grains, vineyards & olive grooves, the Philistines purposed to kill Samson. The Lord delivered him from his enemies & he killed a thousand Philistines with a jawbone of a donkey.
-In Ps 18:3, I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
You are worthy Oh Lord; to receive glory, honor & power for You created us in Your image. Keep us safe from any form of violence, accident, disease & deliver us from all the plans of the wicked one. We give You thanks for we rest secure in You. Amen
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
-As indicated before, donkeys were symbols of peace & humility; which are virtues Christ taught us, evidenced in His life. Zechariah’s prophecy was fulfilled during this triumphant entry (Zech 9:9).
-Mat 11:29, Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
-Issachar; Jacob’s ninth son was described as a strong donkey lying down between two burdens. Christ calls us to cast our burdens unto Him for He cares for us.
-Prophet Balaam was on his journey to Moab to meet king Balak, when the donkey spoke. Later, Balaam’s ears could hear God, eyes were opened & he could see visions. May we be led by Christ to see & hear from Him.
-The wild donkey’s colt is considered unwise & untamable which is compared to a proud man, unable to learn from others & yield to the fear of God.
-The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson & he killed his enemies (a thousand Philistines) with a jawbone of a donkey. The Lord protects & delivers us from all our adversaries.
We come to You Father, with humility in our hearts, casting all our burdens unto You. May You comfort us & give us peace. Be with our families, friends & leaders; that we may always hear from You. All glory & honor belong to You, now & forever. Amen