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The gentle King!

Scripture reading for October 2nd: Zechariah 9-11

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations.  His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:9-10

Zechariah was very specific that the coming ruler would be both a priest and a king.  He would not be a great conqueror who would ruthlessly devour the nations or subdue them with strong-arm tactics.  He would come gently, armed with weapons of righteousness and salvation.  He would be riding on the colt of a donkey.   His rule would extend to the ends of the earth!  That sounds like Jesus Christ! (Matthew 21:2-4)

This gentle King would save and restore His people!  Because of the blood of His covenant, He would free the prisoners!  (Zechariah 9:11)  Not only that, He would restore them double!  He would save His flock like a shepherd from their enemies and they would sparkle like jewels in a crown.  (Zechariah 9:16-17)  God was tired of shepherds who oppressed the people and promised that He, Himself, would care for the flock.  He would raise up from Judah one who would be the cornerstone and the tent peg.  (Zechariah 10:4)  Jesus Christ came from the tribe of Judah and became the chief cornerstone of the new temple!  He would be the “Good Shepherd” who would care for the flock!

Zechariah recorded many “I will” statements spoken by the Lord.  Included are promises to strengthen the house of Judah and have compassion on them.  He promised to be their God and to hear and answer them.  (Zechariah 10:6-12)  He will gather them from where they were scattered and they would again walk in His name!   This “King” speaks with authority!

A final reference to this king is found in Zechariah 11:12-13 where he named the price of thirty pieces of silver.  It was to be thrown to the potter!  Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas  for the thirty pieces of silver!  The price was used to buy a ‘potter’s field’! (Matthew 27:3-10)

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Your King Comes!

Scripture reading for October 1st: Zechariah 9-11

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations.  His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:9-10

Zechariah stated that the coming ruler who would be both a priest and a king.  This coming one would not be a great conqueror who would ruthlessly devour the nations,   instead, He would come gently, armed with righteousness and salvation.  He would also be riding on the colt of a donkey.  He would proclaim peace to all peoples and nations and  His rule would extend to the ends of the earth! (Matthew 21:2-4)

This gentle King would also save and restore His people!  Because of the blood of His covenant, He would free the prisoners!  (Zechariah 9:11)  Not only that, He would restore them double!  The Lord would care for His flock like a shepherd and they would sparkle like jewels in a crown.  (Zechariah 9:16-17)

The people of God were to ask the Lord for rain in the springtime.  In response, He would raise up from Judah one who would be their cornerstone and tent peg.  He would bring forth the battle bow and every ruler would come from Him.  (Zechariah 10:4)  This again is a reference to Jesus Christ, who came from the tribe of Judah and became the chief cornerstone of the new temple!  He was a peg driven in a firm place and a mighty warrior!

When God wanted to emphasize His purpose He used “I will” statements .  Included in these statements are promises to strengthen the house of Judah and have compassion on them.  God promised to be their God and to hear and answer them.  (Zechariah 10:6-12)  He would gather them from where they were scattered and they would walk in His name!

A final reference to this king is found in Zechariah 11:12-13.  Thirty pieces of silver was designated as a payment.  It was to be thrown to the potter!  This word was applied to Judas’ betrayal for the thirty pieces of silver!  (Matthew 27:3-10)  Our King is coming again!  Are you ready?

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