Were Two Animals or One Brought to Jesus?

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Was there two animals or one brought to Jesus?

Two animals:

Matthew 21:2-7

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon

One animal:

Mark 11:2-7

And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him

Luke 19:30

Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

 

Answer:

   Mark and Luke both focus on the detail at hand, the animal that was to be brought. This does not mean that there was not a second animal, it just means they did not choose to write about it. Matthew had a different purpose. He was writing to show the fulfilled prophecy from the Old Testament.

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

   You can see Matthew's purpose for including both animals now. The writers were not play-by-play writers, they had purpose and wrote for a certain message to be conveyed. The fact that two chose not to include the other animal in no way makes it a different account. No contradiction!

 

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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