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Petrus inquiring about a donkey for Christ to ride into Jerusalem

59 x 70.5 cm

Both Lambert Jacobsz and Peter Lastman are renowned for selecting obscure biblical stories from the Old and New Testaments, but as they never depicted the story of Peter venturing forth to select a donkey for Christ to ride on when he enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  The moment depicted here is described in Luke 19, verses 28 to 35: With that Jesus went forward and began the ascent to Jerusalem.  As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples with these instructions: “Go to the village opposite; as you enter it you will find tethered there a colt which no one has yet ridden.  Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks why you are untying it, say ‘Our Master needs it.’” The two went on their errand and found it as he had told them; and while they were untying the colt, its owners asked ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ They answered, ‘Our Master needs it.’  So they brought the colt to Jesus.”[1]

All of this is in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zecharia (9:9):

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!

Lord, your king comes to you,

Triumphant and victorious is he;

Humble and riding on a donkey

On a colt, the foal of a donkey