Saturday after Judica
Scripture: Zechariah 9:1-17
1 The burden of the word of the Lord against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus its resting place (for the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord);
2 Also against Hamath, which borders on it, and against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 For Tyre built herself a tower, heaped up silver like the dust, and gold like the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea, and she will be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; And Ekron, for He dried up her expectation. The king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6 “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, and the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, and shall be like a leader in Judah, and Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 I will camp around My house because of the army, because of him who passes by and him who returns. No more shall an oppressor pass through them, for now I have seen with My eyes.
9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! 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.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. 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.’
11 “As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
13 For I have bent Judah, My bow, fitted the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
14 Then the Lord will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south.
15 The Lord of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine;
They shall be filled with blood like basins, like the corners of the altar.
16 The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land—
17 for how great is its goodness and how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.
Tomorrow, having passed through another season of self-examination, we will celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with another Palm Sunday, hearing these words: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! 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.”
For many of the Jews, having heard these words spoken through God’s messenger, were looking forward to having all their surrounding nations defeated once and for all, and Israel and its glorious reign as God’s chosen people would subdue her enemies once and for all to reign eternally.
Today, we rejoice knowing that the words of Zechariah were fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, God’s Only-Begotten Son, Who entered into Jerusalem to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the entire world, setting free prisoners from sin, death, and the power of the devil, once and for all times.
When these words of the prophecy were first spoken, God’s people had waited a very long time for them to come true. While they waited, they trusted in this promises of God to be fulfilled in the very same way that God’s people wait for their King to return for His second appearance. We wait by faith, which enables one to trust in the voice of our Lord, for He is our Creator, Whose Kingdom is not of this world.
Let us pray: Grant that I may willingly bear with Thee my crosses, learning humbleness of Thee, peace mid pain and losses. May I give Thee love for love! Hear me, O my Savior, that I may in Heaven above sing Thy praise forever. Amen. (TLH 140, vs. 6)