Where Did Jesus Send His Disciples to Get the Colt?

When Jesus instructed his disciples to go and fetch a colt for his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, they must have wondered where to find one. After all, they were in a small town called Bethphage, located on the Mount of Olives, outside Jerusalem. But where did Jesus send his disciples to get the colt?

According to the Gospel of Mark (11:1-6), Jesus told two of his disciples to go into the village ahead of them and there they would find a colt tied, which no one had ever ridden. He instructed them to untie it and bring it back to him. But which village was he referring to?

Scholars believe that Jesus was referring to Bethany, which was about two miles from Bethphage and was known for its donkey market. The Greek word used in Mark’s Gospel for “village” is “kome,” which can refer either to a small village or a hamlet. The fact that Jesus mentioned a colt that no one had ever ridden suggests that he had arranged for it beforehand.

Another Gospel account (Luke 19:29-34) mentions that Jesus even gave his disciples specific instructions about how to approach the owners of the colt: “If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say this: The Lord needs it.” This suggests that Jesus had made prior arrangements with the owners of the colt.

It’s interesting to note that in Jewish tradition, a king would ride on a donkey as a symbol of peace, humility, and meekness. By choosing a colt as his mode of transportation into Jerusalem, Jesus was fulfilling an Old Testament prophecy (Zechariah 9:9), which foretold that Israel’s king would come riding on a donkey.

In conclusion, while we cannot be certain which village exactly Jesus sent his disciples to get the colt from, most scholars agree that it was likely Bethany, which was known for its donkey market. Jesus had likely made prior arrangements with the owners of the colt, and his choice of a colt as his mode of transportation fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy.