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Genesis 49:14-15 “Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant;... DONKEY

Genesis 49:14-15

“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




Numbers 22:27-29

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



Job 11:12

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




Judges 15:14-15

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




Matthew 21:4-5

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