Daily D – Zechariah 9:9
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (CSB)
God gave Zechariah foresight to see the coming day of the long-expected King. How would he come? He would come in righteousness. He would come victoriously. He would come humbly. Jesus fulfilled these events on what we call Palm Sunday (see Matthew 21:4, 5 and John 12:12-16).
And yet — Zechariah has more to say about the coming of the King:
against my shepherd,
my associate —
this is the declaration of the LORD of Armies.
Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
(Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31)
The coming King would be sold for the price of a slave:
So they weighed my wages, thirty pieces of silver.
(Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 27:3-10)
The coming King would be abused and mistreated:
I received these wounds in the house of my friends.
The coming King would be crucified:
The City of Peace would reject the Prince of Peace.
A person might be excused for thinking Christmas is much more than fun and games, gifts and treats. Christmas is serious business. Christmas is the invasion of God into enemy-occupied territory. Christmas began a battle Jesus was destined to lose, and in losing, gaining all things for all time.
Winner take all.
Having won the war on the cross and at the resurrection, the mop-up work began in earnest and continues today. It will continue until that Day when Jesus gathers all who belong to him at the renewal of all things.
The Prince of Peace will remove everything that prevents peace.
As we saw in Isaiah 9:6,
“He will be named Wonderful Counselor.” He will bear wisdom without limit.
“He will be named . . . Mighty God.” He will have the power necessary to turn wisdom into executable action.
“He will be named . . . Eternal Father.” He will be the source of every good and perfect gift.
“He will be named . . . Prince of Peace.” His object is not subjection, but release into the glorious freedom of a deep and abiding relationship created and sustained by his perfect love.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and Zechariah were given eyes to see and pens to record something wonderful, something good. God himself would come to his people and draw all individuals from every people group to himself. Evil would do its damnedest. Jesus would damn death and throw open the gates of heaven for all who would enter through the justification of his victorious death and resurrection.
God wins. Peace reigns. Joy endures forever.
The best is yet to be. And to think the Great Renewal began with a baby in a manger.
I will worship our righteous, victorious, humble King.
Our Father, so many hymns and songs of Christmas have been penned and sung. A new song a day could never express the glory of that day and the Day it foretells. We will sing the best we have until we sing the best ever composed that awaits its debut on that Day to end all days. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.