Saturday, March 31, 2007

"Loosed" for the Lord's Purposes

"...and He said to them, "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it.' and immediately he will send it here." Mark 11:2-3

I love this passage, especially as I came across it this week approaching Palm Sunday. The "colt" Christ is speaking of in the above passage is the donkey colt that He would be riding as He entered Jerusalem in His "triumphal entry." There are so many lessons to be learned from this pivotal moment. But, I keep coming back to the colt.

I have been carrying a bundle of notecards in my purse for the past few months. Some have scriptures on them, which I'm trying to memorize. Some have Greek words on them, from my (very) Elementary Greek curriculum that I'm slowly working through. One of the notecards that I regularly review has the word, "luo" written on it, in my best attempt at Greek script. The word "luo," as I have memorized, is Greek for "I loose." In the Greek scriptures I have memorized, this hasn't been a word. I haven't used it in any translations or sentences yet, but faithfully I have memorized this word. Luo. Got it.

Today as I read the above passage I "got it" on a little deeper level! The colt had to be "loosed," for "the Lord has need of it." Whoever owned the colt was not told exactly what the Lord would do with it, only that He the Lord needed it. What needed to be "loosed" was so that the Lord might use it for His glory. That particular colt carried our Lord to a chorus of "Hosannas," acknowledging Who He was. It's the same word used in the New Testament to describe when Lazarus needed to be "loosed" from his grave clothes after his resurrection. It's also the word used to describe the woman who was "loosed" from the evil spirits who had plagued her for over eighteen years. In these instances, involved being "loosed from" as well as being "loosed to."

What do I need to "loose" so that the person of Christ might be better displayed in my life? What do I need to be "loosed" - set free- from? The One who calls me, Who will use it for His glory, is the One who will do the enable the "loosing." Praise His name!

'Blessed is He who comes in the name
of the Lord!'
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!"
Mark 11:9-10


Kelly said...

Loved the insight here! I need to "loosen" up to His Glory.

Linda said...

I love word studies and learning new things from scripture. Thank you for sharing the insights the Lord gives you as you faithfully study His word Cyndi.
I can think of many things I need to "loose" - my time is one big one and it encompasses so much. I tend to be so selfish with my time.
And I know there are a great many things the Lord would like to "loose" in my.
Thank you for a wonderful devotional.
Thank you for your sweet words. Y'all have a blessed Palm Sunday Weekend too.

Chris said...

I loved this too! I also have many areas of my life that I want "loosed". I love how God's word speaks to our hearts over and over again. Every word, every detail speaks life.

Tammy said...

Wonderful insights...thank you for sharing these!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

Love that! You always have such insightful posts. You really have a gift for that. Thanks for sharing!