Scripture reading – Zechariah 8; Zechariah 9

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Our study of Zechariah’s prophecies continues with today’s Scripture reading, Zechariah 8-9. Remember that the LORD called Zechariah to stir up the Jews and urge them to finish rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Facing opposition from without and criticism from within, the people were discouraged and neglected the construction of the Temple for more than a decade.

The LORD encouraged Zechariah in a series of night visions recorded in Zechariah 1:7-6:8. The messages the prophet delivered to Israel while they were building the Temple were recorded beginning with Zechariah 1 and concluded with Zechariah 8:23. Zechariah’s messages to Israel after the Temple was built are recorded beginning with Zechariah 9 and conclude with chapter 14.

 

Zechariah 8

 

Rebuilding the City of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:1-8)

Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple; however, the LORD purposed to rebuild his sanctuary and the city, saying, “I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, And I was jealous for her with great fury” (Zechariah 8:2). Verse 3 continued with the LORD declaring, “I am returned unto Zion, And will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: And Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; And the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain” (Zechariah 8:3).

Looking back on Jerusalem and Israel’s history, we realize the promise that the LORD would return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem has not been fulfilled. In AD 70, Rome’s army devastated the city and destroyed the Temple.

Rebuilding the City of Jerusalem

Awaiting the Promise of Peace and Safety (Zechariah 8:4-23)

When will the LORD fulfill His promise to return to Zion and reign in Jerusalem? When will Israel’s elderly enjoy the safety of Jerusalem and boys and girls play in its streets? (Zechariah 8:4-5)

The violence in Israel today and the world’s hatred for the Jews is evidence that a time of peace and safety has not come yet. Nevertheless, the LORD promised He would gather His people, saying, “Behold, I will save my people from the east country, And from the west country; 8And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, In truth and in righteousness” (Zechariah 8:7-8).

The LORD’s promises must have greatly encouraged the Jews to rebuild the Temple and Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:9-15). Yet, the peace and prosperity the LORD promised the Jews remain absent in our day. Will there ever be peace in Israel? Will children ever play in the streets of Jerusalem without fearing for their lives?

 

The Second Coming of Christ (Zechariah 8:18-23)

There will be universal peace only when Jesus Christ returns and reigns in Jerusalem. Then all nations will say, “We will take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God iswith you” (Zechariah 8:23). The promise of redemption and salvation is not only to the Jews but to all who trust Jesus Christ as Savior. Paul declared in his epistle to believers in Rome, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

The Coming of the Righteous King

Zechariah 9

Zechariah’s messages to Israel following the completion of the Temple began in Zechariah 9. The prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah and His rejection by the Jews are recorded, starting with Zechariah 9:1 and concluding with Zechariah 11:17.

The Coming of the Righteous King (Zechariah 9:9-10)

The prophecy of the Messiah’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem was recorded in Zechariah 9:9, where we read, “9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; Lowly, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Of course, a study of the New Testament reveals that Christ fulfilled every detail of Zechariah’s prophecy of the Messiah King’s entrance into Jerusalem (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4). Jerusalem rejoiced when Christ approached the city, and the people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9). Christ was everything Zechariah prophesied He would be in Zechariah 9:9.

He was “just,” meaning righteous and sinless. Judas confessed concerning Christ, “I have betrayed innocentblood” (Matthew 27:4). Pilate declared, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person” (Matthew 27:24). Paul wrote of Christ that He “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Zechariah foretold that the Messiah would come “having salvation” (Zechariah 9:9). When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).  Christ declared of Himself, For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11).

Finally, Christ was “lowly, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9c). The apostle John remembered that Jesus came to Jerusalem “sitting on an ass’s colt” (John 21:15).

The Jews placed their hopes and aspirations on a political Savior who would save them from Israel’s enemies. Christ presented Himself as a just and righteous king, offering salvation and peace. The Jews rejected Him, and the Romans crucified Him. However, He rose from the dead, overcoming the power of sin and death, and promised He would come again (Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:30).

 

The Second Coming of Christ (Zechariah 9:10-10:12)

Christ’s Second Coming will be triumphant (Zechariah 9:10-10:12; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). The military power of nations will be broken (Zechariah 9:10), and He will establish peace and rule the world “from sea even to sea…from the river even to the ends of the earth” (Zechariah 9:10b).

Even so, LORD, come quickly!

Copyright © 2024 – Travis D. Smith 

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