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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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The King is Coming!

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) (Matthew 21:1-9)

Zechariah had amazing insight given to him by God!  From over 500 years before the coming of Christ into Jerusalem, Zechariah described the event with amazing details.  He saw a King coming into Jerusalem riding on the colt of a donkey.  He saw this King having salvation for those who would receive it.  He also saw this King proclaiming peace to all the nations and that His rule would be extended to the ends of the earth!

“From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.” (Zechariah 10:4) (Matthew 21:42-46)  Zechariah correctly saw that it would be from Judah that God would raise up the cornerstone of His new temple.  Judah would bring forth the tent peg that would support the weight of His people.  Judah would bring forth the ultimate warrior who would win the victory and rule!

“I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.”  So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.  And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”–the handsome price at which they priced me!  So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord to the potter.” (Zechariah 11:12-13)  (Matthew 27:1-9)  Zechariah saw a person who would be paid thirty pieces of silver for the price of a person.  This person was then told to throw it into the house of the Lord to be given to the potter.

We know today that Jesus Christ and Judas fulfilled these prophesies over 500 years after they were given.  God is in control and knows all things.  He alone can declare the end from the beginning!  Our King is still coming!  He will rule over the nations and rule to the ends of the earth!  Are you ready to meet Him?

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See! Your King Comes!

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 about the coming ruler who will be both a priest and a king.  This coming one would not be a great conqueror who would ruthlessly devour the nations or subdue them with strong-arm tactics.  Instead, He would come gently, armed with weapons of righteousness and salvation.  He would also be riding on the colt of a donkey.  He would come proclaiming peace to all peoples and nations!  His rule would extend to the ends of the earth!  What a picture of Jesus Christ! (Matthew 21:2-4)

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

The people of God were to ask the Lord for rain in the springtime.  God gives showers of rain to the just and unjust, but He is responsive to His people.  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.  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!

This King would do many things for God’s people!  There are many “I will” statements in Zechariah 10.  Included in these statements are promises to strengthen the house of Judah and have compassion on them.  God promises to be their God and to hear and answer them.  (Zechariah 10:6-12)  He will gather them from where they have been scattered and they will walk in His name!

A final reference to this king is found in Zechariah 11:12-13 where the statement about the price of thirty pieces of silver for the pay of the shepherd was made.  It was to be thrown to the potter!  Zechariah had again left a significant word that signified that Jesus Christ was Messiah and described Judas’ betrayal for the thirty pieces of silver!  (Matthew 27:3-10)

Our King is coming again!  This time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  Are you ready to meet Him?  Humble yourself today and ask Him to rule in your heart and life!

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