Today Zechariah prophesies about our coming Savior. “Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey…He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.’”
Jesus will partly fulfill this prophesy later in the Story when He will triumphantly ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-11) and a week later be crucified and defeat death with His resurrection by providing salvation for those who put their trust in Him. But He won’t come as the conquering king the Jews were expecting, who would take down the Roman Empire. He won’t totally fulfill this prophesy until His second coming when He will defeat all enemies and bring peace to the ends of the earth.
“It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Later in the Story when Jesus is hanging on a cross a solider will pierce his side with a sword and John will say, “For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled…’They will look on him whom they have pierced’” (John 19:36-37).
The Lord says when the Good Shepherd is struck that the sheep will scatter and it will be a time of testing and trials for the people. Many will perish but the Lord will bring His people through the fire and “refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
The Book of Zechariah ends with hope for the future. “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming.” The Lord will fight a great battle and have victory. “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.”
Tomorrow there is a dedication to the new temple 🎉 and we meet a lady named Esther. Keep reading.