Table of Contents
- 1 Is there a donkey in the Bible Christmas story?
- 2 What animals does the Bible say were present at the birth of Jesus?
- 3 Do donkeys have a cross marking on their backs?
- 4 What was the donkey’s name that carried Mary?
- 5 Does the Bible mention a stable?
- 6 Which Star did the Three Kings follow?
- 7 Why did Jesus come on a donkey?
- 8 Why is there a cross on a donkeys back?
- 9 Why did Jesus ride a donkey into Jerusalem?
- 10 What did Jesus say about two donkeys and a colt?
- 11 Why did Matthew ride in on two donkeys?
- 12 What did Zechariah say about riding on a donkey?
Is there a donkey in the Bible Christmas story?
The first animal we might expect to meet in the Christmas story is the dutiful donkey, the faithful beast of burden carrying the pregnant Mary on its back. Mary did not ride to Bethlehem on a donkey. Nowhere in any Gospel does it say that Mary did anything but walk.
What animals does the Bible say were present at the birth of Jesus?
In addition to llamas (llamas!), sheep, goats and other animals ever-present at live creches, there are the ox and the ass, like Waldo, found in every picture. But these two animals do not appear in either of the two biblical narratives that describe Jesus’ birth.
Do donkeys have a cross marking on their backs?
Almost all donkeys have a cross on their back; they have a dorsal stripe running down from the poll (between the ears) to the tip of their tail. The “cross” is a perpendicular line through the dorsal stripe across the withers and down over the shoulders.
What was the donkey’s name that carried Mary?
Mary takes the donkey in and names him Bo, and reveals to Joseph that she is pregnant, with Joseph accepting Mary’s situation after praying to God.
Does the Bible mention a stable?
The birth of Christ may be the most famous Bible story of all, reprised annually in nativity scenes across the world each Christmas: Jesus was born in a stable, because there was no room at the inn.
Which Star did the Three Kings follow?
The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, appears in the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew where “wise men from the East” (Magi) are inspired by the star to travel to Jerusalem.
Why did Jesus come on a donkey?
He was solemnly entering as a humble King of peace. Traditionally, entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace, rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse.
Why is there a cross on a donkeys back?
“The Nubian donkey has a cross on its back because it was said that this breed of donkeys carried Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.” Seeing the tragic event of Jesus’ crucifixion, the donkey wished that he had been able to carry the cross for Jesus and bear his burden.
Why did Jesus ride a donkey into Jerusalem?
Zechariah 9:9 prophesied the coming of a king “righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 21:1-11 when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and it was triumphant because he had done so without bloodshed on the side of the people.
What did Jesus say about two donkeys and a colt?
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.
Why did Matthew ride in on two donkeys?
Matthew had a more vested interest in the number of donkeys than the other writers because he was there at the Triumphal Entry (unlike Mark and Luke who weren’t present) and Jesus riding in on two donkeys fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah in Zechariah 9:9 according to the Old Testament.
What did Zechariah say about riding on a donkey?
He notes that salvation will “ride in on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah is talking about one donkey here, with the second line repeating with emphasis that first line. But Matthew doesn’t get it. And so, in Matthew’s gospel, the disciples go and untie two donkeys: an adult and a colt.