Glossary: Ox/Donkey

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Servant (also see definition for “Yoke”).


  • Paul uses the terms “ox” and “laborer” synonymously.

1 Timothy 5:18 (KJV) For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

  • A donkey is referred to as a burden bearer and a servant.

Genesis 49:14-15 (KJV) Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: 15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

  • A woman came to Jesus to be healed of a demonic infirmity. Jesus called her a daughter of Abraham (meaning she believed like Abraham) and loosed her from her bondage. 

Now, seeing as faith is the Lord’s New Covenant law, that makes her a servant of God. This is why, in the next verse, he compares her to “an ox or donkey loosed from a stall.” This was symbolic language Jesus was using, calling the woman His servant, whom He loosed.

Luke 13:14-16 (NKJV) But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham [believing, servant of God], whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”

  • On the seventh year, the Lord commands that “the land” (symbolic of our bodies) be given rest, and the “ox and the donkey” (those in servitude).

Exodus 23:10-12 (KJV)  And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: 11  But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. 12  Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed. 

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