Zechariah 9 … Consider Our King Who is Coming

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey,
(9:9).

Before the Lord again directs His people’s attention to His restoration and salvation, His heavy judgment that will be borne against the surrounding nations is proclaimed. In His judgment, He will expunge the idolatrous worship of these nations, But let’s not miss this… a remnant of these shall be brought into His kingdom, and counted among those who are His chosen people. Such amazing grace!

The burden of the word of the Lord is against the land of…
And I will remove their blood from their mouth
And their detestable things from between their teeth.
Then they also will be a remnant for our God,
And be like a clan in Judah,
And Ekron like a Jebusite,
(9:1, 7).

God had established Israel to live as His Kingdom people; and under His Kingdom rule they were to demonstrate through their obedience that they belonged to God; and under His Kingdom rule, they were to become His holy representatives to the surrounding nations.

Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel,” (Exodus 19:3-6).

But as the years progressed, instead of becoming a holy influence, they became enticed by the ways of the world, so much so that they were compelled to ask for a king, an earthly king, so they could be like all those nations, to just fit in.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them,” (1 Samuel 8:4-9 emphasis added).

And now, God’s chosen people had returned to their land; and without a king. And by His disciplining hand, the Lord brought them back to His original intent for His people; or as one of my dear friends noted, “to the way they were supposed to be.” In what seemed to be the worst possible circumstance, exile and captivity, the Lord imparted a great gift in the eradication of the dynasty of earthly kings.

God in His Holy Justice, judged sin, not to merely punish them but to purge the evil that had so engulfed them. In removing them from their land, God was removing the earthly kings’ reign and influence, a system that had been established in the ways of the world. And as the world’s ways were emptied from their midst, He was preparing a people for hope, “Behold, your king is coming to you.” He would not be a king, He would be their King. And by faith in Christ, we too are brought into His Kingdom, and counted among those who are His chosen people. Such amazing grace!

Consider Our King Who is Coming

Zechariah calls the people to rejoice and shout, for triumph is fixed in Our King Who is Coming. He would come in His righteousness to bring salvation for His people. But He would not establish His kingdom by the strength of the war horse, but in humility.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey,
(9:9).

From NIV Study Bible:
mounted on a donkey: A suitable choice since the donkey was a lowly animal of peace (contrast the war horse of v.10) as well as a princely mount (Jdg 10:4; 12:14; 2San16:2) before the horse came into common use. The royal mount used by David and his sons was the mule (see 2Sa 13:29).

And Our King, of Whom Zechariah spoke, did Come, in just that way, in humility and royalty. He is the Christ Who humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross, the promised Messiah Who Is Jesus Our King.

On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” 14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16 These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him, (John 12:15).

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, (Philippians 2:5-11).

And in His Coming, Our King triumphed over the enemy and brought peace to the nations, and of His dominion there will be no end.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from Jerusalem;
And the bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak peace to the nations;
And His dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth,
(9:10).

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end,” (Luke 1:31-33).

His Is Jesus Our King, Who Came in humility to shed His blood for our sins, that we would be set free from the power of sin and death.

As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you,
I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit,
(9:11).

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives, (Hebrews 2:14-15).

As the Lord spoke of Our King Who is Coming, He was once again encouraging His people to look to what they could not yet see, and to hold fast to the hope of His promise; for their inheritance was sure and it would be beyond what they had ever known before.

Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope;
This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you,
(9:12).

also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory, (Ephesians 1:11-14).

And the last four verses of this chapter’s prophecy, describe the day the Lord will blow the trumpet, and His warriors will march forth, with the Lord as their Defense.

For I will bend Judah as My bow,
I will fill the bow with Ephraim.
And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece;
And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.
14 Then the Lord will appear over them,
And His arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord God will blow the trumpet,
And will march in the storm winds of the south,
(9:13-14).

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord, (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

And while war is depicted, salvation is wrought by Our King Who is Coming; Our King Who Came as our Shepherd to save His flock. And He is Coming Again to crush His enemy beneath His feet. And until that day, His people are to be a display of His beautiful salvation, the crown of His glory and honor, pointing others to the death He endured that we would be saved.

The Lord of hosts will defend them.
And they will devour and trample on the sling stones;
And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine;
And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
Drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 And the Lord their God will save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a crown,
Sparkling in His land.
17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone, (Hebrews 2:9).

How do we respond to Our King Who is Coming?

Today is a reminder, Our King is Coming Again, and all will stand before Him in judgment. For those who have trusted Christ for our salvation, our sin has been judged in Him Who suffered and tasted death for us that we would be given life; and we will not stand before Him in reference to our sin. Such amazing grace!

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him, (Hebrews 9:27-28).

But sometimes I think we forget. We forget that Our King Who is Coming could Come Again at any moment.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone,” (Matthew 24:36).

And often, like the Israelites, we forget and we just want to fit in. Oh, let us take to heart His warning: fitting in is costly. Jesus has called us be ready for Our King Who is Coming by living our life through faith in Him. Oh, let us pray that we would grow to become more like Him, willing to deny ourselves to find all we need for life in Him alone.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds,” (Matthew 16:24-27).

He does not call us to anything that His grace will not supply. Let us seek to live by faith as we constantly look for that day when our Savior, Christ Jesus, appears again in all His Glory. Oh, may He find us living in this present age as His Kingdom people who demonstrate through our obedience that we belong to Him as we depend on His grace to live as holy representatives of Our King Who is Coming.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, (Titus 2:13).

May we be encouraged today to continue to look to what we cannot yet see and hold fast to the hope of His promise, knowing our inheritance is sure in Our King Who is Coming, and beyond anything we have ever known before.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen, (1 Ephesians 3:20-21).

Let’s Grow Together!

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