Scripture reading – Zechariah 10; Zechariah 11; Zechariah 12

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The prophet Zechariah was privileged to foretell some of the great Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament Scriptures. He foretold Jerusalem would rejoice when the Messiah King would come “lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon the colt the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus Christ fulfilled that prophecy in every detail (Matthew 21:4).

In today’s Scripture reading (Zechariah 10-12), we will briefly examine other Messianic prophecies foretold by Zechariah and fulfilled by Christ.

Zechariah 10 – The Messiah will strengthen Israel.

Zechariah reflected on the failures of Israel and Judah’s shepherds (the kings and priests) and how they consulted with idols (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) and lied to the people (Zechariah 10:1-2). Therefore, the LORD declared He was angry with the shepherds and would punish them. However, amid His displeasure, Zechariah foretold that the Messiah would come from “the house of Judah” (the tribe of which Christ was born, Zechariah 10:3; Genesis 49:10).

We read that out of the tribe of Judah “came forth the corner” (Zechariah 10:4). In the New Testament, Christ identified Himself as the “stone…the head of the corner” (Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17). Acts 4:11 identified Christ as “the stone…the head of the corner.” In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul wrote, “Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).

The Messiah will be rejected.

Zechariah 11 – The Messiah will be rejected.

The opening verses of Zechariah 11 foretold a day when a fire would devour the cedars of Lebanon and the forest of Bashan would fall (Zechariah 11:1-2). Lebanon to the north of Israel and Bashan, the land east of the Sea of Galilee, were described as experiencing an enemy invasion that would destroy them. I believe that the future enemy was Rome, which in AD 70 destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews of Israel.

Zechariah foretold the wailing of shepherds, writing, “There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: A voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled” (Zechariah 11:3).

When did the shepherds of Israel howl and “young lions” spoil “the pride of Jordan? Because the Jews rejected Christ as their Messiah King, the LORD delivered the “shepherds” of Israel (the high priests and the Sanhedrin) over to be humiliated by Rome and Jerusalem destroyed in AD 70 (Zechariah 11:4-6).

Zechariah foretold by his words and actions that the Messiah would be sold for “thirty pieces of silver” and given “to the potter” (Zechariah 11:12-13). The prophet’s actions were fulfilled in Matthew 27:1-10 where the silver Judas was given for betraying Jesus was used to purchase a potter’s field. (Note that while Zechariah pronounced this prophecy, Matthew attributed it to Jeremiah. Mistake? Not at all! Zechariah essentially repeated what Jeremiah had foretold when he said, “This people and this city…cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury” (Jeremiah 19:11).

Battle of Armageddon

Zechariah 12 – The Second Coming of Christ

Zechariah foretold the Second Coming of Christ, beginning with Zechariah 12:1 and continuing through Zechariah 13. I believe the Battle of Armageddon is the subject of Zechariah 12:2-8, predicting Judah will be invaded, and Jerusalem will come under siege. Zechariah 12:9-14 foretold the LORD’s intervention and the destruction of those nations bent on Israel’s demise.

Five centuries before Jesus Christ was crucified, Zechariah described His rejection and the scene of His suffering on the Cross. The prophet wrote, “And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, And they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, And shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34; John 20:25-27).

Closing thought –

The Scriptures’ integrity and divine inspiration are again proved for Christ’s suffering and death on the Cross fulfilled Zechariah 12:10 exactly as Zechariah foretold.

Surely, Christ is coming again as the prophets foretold and as He promised! (Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12)

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