Bible Pathways - September 29, 2005
Read Zechariah 8 -- 14
Restoration of Jerusalem promised; judgment on neighboring nations;
Although his prophetic message was fulfilled centuries later, in great anticipation, Zechariah proclaimed: Rejoice greatly . . . shout, O daughter of
Zechariah 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 (with a spear), and they shall mourn . . . as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (son) (Zechariah 12:10; compare John 19:34; 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 nations against
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
As King (Zechariah 9:9; compare Mark 11:7-11; John 12:12-19); as a Servant sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; compare Matthew 26:15). His side, hands, and feet were to be pierced (Zechariah 12:10; compare John 19:34; 20:27); and Christ, the Great Shepherd, was to be smitten and His disciples scattered as sheep (Zechariah 13:7; compare Matthew 26:31,56; Isaiah 53:4).
8:2 was jealous . . . with great jealousy = loved with protective love; 10:3 goats = civic and political leaders; 10:8 hiss = signal; 11:7 Beauty = Grace, Good Will; Bands = Unity; 14:9 His Name One = Jesus will be recognized and reign as God.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:14