Man and Donkey are
Likeness to Christ:
I guard over
the herd of the field.
I am sensitive
to the spirit and comforting to those around me.
I am humble.
I carry the
burdens of others
Legend of the Donkey's Cross
Bring me the colt of a donkey,"
was the Master's request.
A young donkey was brought to Jesus
to carry Him into Jerusalem.
A week later Jesus was ordered
to be crucified.
The little donkey so loved the Lord
that he wanted to help Him carry the cross.
But, alas, he was pushed away.
The sad little donkey waited to say
goodbye until nearly all had left.
As he turned to leave, the shadow of
the cross fell upon the
back and shoulders of
the little donkey.
And there it has remained,
a tribute to the loyalty
and love of the humblest of
by Mary Singer
Donkeys and Man are Alike Also:
A sacrifice had to be made
that the donkey might live. Ex. 13:13
The donkey has a natural
nature of defiance (stubbornness a characteristic of
humanity), which must be bridled. This very
stubbornness causes adverse consequences, which brings
about great suffering in life.
The donkey wears a cross
on its back to remind others of the importance of
accepting Christ as savior.
Unredeemed God set our
fate at death. Redeemed we are able to carry the Word,
and exemplify the qualities of Christ through our
The Triumphant Donkey
The Day After
The donkey awakened, his mind still
savoring the afterglow of the most exciting day of his
life. Never before had he felt such a rush of pleasure
He walked into town and found a group of
people by the well. I'll show myself to them, he
thought. But they didn't notice him. They went on
drawing their water and paid him no mind.
Throw your garments down, he said
crossly. Don't you know who I am? They just looked at
him in amazement. Someone slapped him across the tail
and ordered him to move. Miserable heathens! he muttered
I'll just go to the market where the good
people are. They will remember me. But the same thing
happened. No one paid any attention to the donkey as he
strutted down the main street in front of the market
The palm branches! Where are the palm
branches! he shouted. Yesterday, you threw palm
Hurt and confused, the donkey returned
home to his mother.
Foolish child, she said gently.
Don't you realize that without Him,
you are just an ordinary donkey?
Donkeys are sometimes not
highly regarded by people in some parts of the world.
And yet, our Savior, the very Son of God, chose to ride
one (two, actually) into Jerusalem on the way to His
Donkeys are plain, humble creatures. There is nothing at
all fancy or glorious about them. But they are good
servants to humans. They do their job without vanity or
Jesus came, the first time, as a humble servant.
Throughout His entire life, from Bethlehem to Nazareth
to Capernaum, He lived and dressed simply and modestly,
despite Who and what He was, and the incredibly
important and glorious mission that He was on. His entry
into Jerusalem was of solemn humility (in fulfillment of
the prophecy written in Zechariah 9:9):
"As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on
the Mount Of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to
them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you
will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her.
Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything
to you, tell him that The Lord needs them, and he will
send them right away." This took place to fulfill what
was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the daughter of
Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on
a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey' The disciples
went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought
the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them,
and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their
cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the
trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went
ahead of Him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna
to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name
of The Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:1-9
They Came From:
Miniature donkeys are native to the
Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia. They are
identified as either Sicilian or Sardinian donkeys
according to their ancestry, although the two types do
not differ. Careful study of the origin of the miniature
donkey has revealed that there is no record of the
miniature donkey in Sicily prior to importation from
Sardinia. These Sardinian Miniature donkeys have been
with animals of unidentified ancestry in the United
States to produce a distinctively American breed of
donkeys, which we call the Miniature Mediterranean
Donkey. According to all information that can be
acquired these donkeys are nearly extinct in the land of
their origin and have been brought to their current
state of being an excellent breed by breeders in the
United States who have bred for years for size,
disposition and conformation.
Sardinia: The native home of today’s
Mediterranean Miniature Donkey.
A Miniature Donkey Is:
The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is by nature one of
the friendliest and most affectionate animals of its
type. They are very tame and gentle. They are also
easier to manage in everyday life than some donkeys
simply because they are smaller. They love their owners
and seek attention. They do this with friendly nudges
and brays and funny little sounds designed to get you to
pay attention to them. The miniature donkey is extremely
intelligent and docile and is easily trained. Geldings
or jennets make the best pets. Jacks enjoy braying and
may become excited in the presence of the females.
The size of these donkeys varies from 26 inches, which
is considered extraordinarily small, to 36 inches at the
withers. An average height would be about 33-34 inches.
In general the smaller the donkey the more valuable it
is accounted to be. Other things that make a donkey
valuable are good body and leg conformation and one of
the more unusual colors such as spotted, white, sorrel,
"chocolate" (dark brown) or black. Gray-dun, the various
shades of gray with the dorsal stripe and cross is the
most common color of these donkeys.
Life expectancy for well cared for miniature donkeys is
around 30-35 years so they are truly a lifetime pet.