1. Abraham and Isaac in Moriah
Genesis 22:2 (NKJV)
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
2. Joseph and his brothers in Egypt
Genesis 42:26 (NKJV)
So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there.
3. Balaam’s ass between Pethor and Moab
Numbers 22:22 (NKJV)
Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
4. Jair in Gilead
Judges 10:3-4 (NKJV)
After him arose Jair, a Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years. Now he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; they also had thirty towns, which are called “Havoth Jair” to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
5. Abdon of Pirathon
Judges 12:13-14 (NKJV)
After him, Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy young donkeys. He judged Israel eight years.
6. The disobedient prophet, between Bethel and Judah
1 Kings 13:24 (NKJV)
When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse.
7. The Shunammite between Shunem and Carmel
2 Kings 4:24-25 (NKJV)
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman!
8. The triumphant entry from Bethphage to Jerusalem
Mark 11:7 (NKJV)
Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.
It is interesting to compare the donkey series with the series of eight postures, derived from the study of Moses’ eight ascents and descents on Mt Sinai and the eight resurrections:
Intercession at the feet of God
Stand up on feet
Out of love, choose servitude and give your master your ear
Reach out and rejoice at the intersection between heaven and earth
Unwrap the grave clothes and build a dwelling place for God
From prayer on knees to moving forward