I am not talking about the junk in your trunk, or the lack of it. I am speaking in biblical terms concerning the quality of your service to others—your “donkey-ness.” This issue of labor and its innermost quality is addressed in Genesis 49:14.
“Issachar is a bony ass.”
In Scripture, an “ass” or “donkey” represents one’s ability to be of service (the burdens and challenges we carry during our worldly labors). However, the name ”Issachar” in its original tongue means “hire,” and thus represents labor, which seeks reward, merit and monetary compensation.
Angels have no such terrestrial motives and view any reward or compensation as behaving like a “bony ass”—that is, anyone who will not move a muscle (inner stubbornness) without the promise of payment for services rendered. Angels seek goodness, therefore, goodness is its own reward. God’s angels consider the earthly objective of working only for personal gain as impure and even spiritual theft by which one converts the innocent love toward the neighbor into love toward oneself (which is opposite to heavenly love).
Of course, we must all work for a living while we inhabit this terrestrial orb. However, people can cultivate a deeper, inner life, in which pleasure and happiness is derived from helping others beyond mere monetary concerns, status or reputation. This deeper value puts “meat” on our spiritual bones—our spiritual framework and foundation.
A bone without flesh symbolizes an activity, which has little spiritual life in it.
Muscle atrophies when not put to use. Same goes for the muscle and strength of our inner spirit.
When we do not exercise spiritual love in life we are seen by the angels in heaven as being a bony ass.