"We are taking this car because the Lord has need of it." they reply in a soft spoken voices.
"Well, I need it to get to work, and pick up the kids from soccer." you reply. "Can't you just rent one?," you ask them.
"No, the Lord said that he needed this one. May we have the keys?," they ask.
I know it seems a little far fetched, however; that is exactly what happened so many years ago.
Luke 19:28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”
Situations like these I prefer to call a "crises of faith." Without faith, how would you know if they were ripping you off, or if the Lord really wanted them to use YOUR car? This passage is an excellent illustration of what it is like to follow Jesus - to hear his voice and do it. in fact both the disciples and the colt owner both had to hear and obey God.
I pressed a Bible study really hard one night. How exactly would you know if this was God or not?
They seemed to agree with each other, "well I just would!"
I continued to probe them. How would you know, what is it like for you to "just know? Has it happened before?" I asked.
The real issues was how do you know that you are hearing God in the first place? I find that a lot of Christians don't hear God, they throw a few prayers up in the air and hope things work out, they find a Bible verse that agrees with what they are feeling, or they get counsel - some times even the counsel must agree with their feelings. But the real question was how would the colt's owner know that the disciples were on a mission from God? Or not?
If we look at the disciple's side of things, they had to be told "if anyone asks" which certainly shows some sort of doubt, and it wasn't Jesus. The message is clear, just get the donkey!
The entire Christian life is encapsulated in this passage - hearing God and being obedient.
Of course the story of the Triumphal Entry goes a lot deeper. There are lots of questions surrounding those that cheered on the Messiah, and where were they as the events of Holy Week progress toward Pentecost?
How about you, how do you know that you've heard God? Have you missed it?