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January 10, 2015

John, Chapter 12, verse 14-15:
14 Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written: 15Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.”

This verse is referring to our Lord's entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday when the people acknowledged Christ as the Messiah.  The daughter of Zion is a term used by the prophet Zachariah for Jerusalem and according to eastern traditions Kings traditionally rode on donkeys rather than horses.  Another symbol of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem is that of the Prince of Peace:  He rode in on a donkey rather than a war horse into a city whose name means peace.

According to Deut. 17:15 it was forbidden for a King of Israel to acquire horses. Based on that prohibition, the Israelites didn’t ride horses into battle either, but were told to rely on the Lord to help them overcome superior enemy forces. (Deut. 20:1) And Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah-King would enter Jerusalem on a donkey.[1]

In modern times, with all the violence that is going on in the whole world and with America at the center of any response to terror and terrorists, how should we respond? First and foremost without fear for the Lord is our King.  We should search our hearts and seek to retain a heart of peace.  Our response must be measured and used with no malice.  We must stop evil but not with hatred.  We should love the humanity of our enemies, pray for them and do good to them if we can. 

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink." (Romans 12:20)

According to the CIA world fact book many of the countries in which we have the greatest troubles have the lowest per capita income per person in the world.  For example per capita in the US is $52,800 a year versus $600 in Somalia (note the US is 14th in per capita; it is interesting to note the number one nation in per capita is Qatar at $102,100).  Our enemies are hungry and used or abused by ruff creatures of men.  Imagine what could happen if we could use the great economic power of this county and other countries of goodwill to raise the good men in these regions up: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty: to empower men of goodwill and remove the ruff creatures of men from power. 

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