In Today's Scripture Reading:
Restoration of Jerusalem promised; judgment on neighboring nations; Zion's future King and Jerusalem's future deliverance
Although his prophetic message was fulfilled centuries later, in great anticipation, Zechariah proclaimed: Rejoice greatly . . . shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon . . . a colt the foal of an ass (Zechariah 9:9). This prophecy was fulfilled as Jesus entered Jerusalem during the last week before His crucifixion. A very great multitude. . . . cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest (Matthew 21:8-9). The cry of Hosanna by the people (meaning “save us”) was rejected by the jealous religious leaders who, instead, insisted that Jesus be crucified (Mark 14:1; 15:13).
Zechariah also foretold details concerning Judas, Jesus' betrayer, and his transactions with the religious leaders, saying: I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price (wages, reward); and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12). Jesus, the true King of kings, was rejected and betrayed for a mere 30 pieces of silver just as prophesied — the price of a mere slave (Exodus 21:32; compare Matthew 26:15). Israel will soon recognize its Messiah as Zechariah foretold: I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn . . . as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (Zechariah 12:10; compare Romans 11:26-27).
Zechariah also foretold the end of our present sinful age: Behold, the day of the Lord cometh. . . . I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle. . . . Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations. . . . And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east. . . . And the LORD shall be King over all the earth (Zechariah 14:1-4,9).
We are all prone to waste time speculating on future events and to forget what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked: Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall . . . be witnesses unto Me . . . unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:6-8).
As King as a Servant sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 9:9; 11:12). They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15).
8:2 was jealous . . . with great jealousy =b> loved with protective love; 10:3 goats =b> civic and political leaders; 10:8 hiss =b> signal; 11:7 Beauty =b> Grace, Goodwill; Bands =b> Unity; 14:9 His Name One =b> Jesus will be recognized and reign as God.
Pray for Staff: Ilene Wallace • Government Officials: Rep. Joseph Donnelly (IN), Rep. John McHugh (NY) and Sen. Bill Nelson (FL) • Country: Kuwait (2 million) in the northeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula • Major languages: Arabic and English • Some religious freedom • 95% Muslim; 4% Christian • Prayer Suggestion: Glorify the person, character, and attributes of God as you pray a prayer of praise (Psalm 8:1-9).
Memory Verse for the Week: Micah 6:8