David Pawson - Zechariah Pt2
Thoughtful Thoughts by John Dunning, 3.4.20 Zechariah Part 2
Some prophecies were not understood quite as much by the hearers as they are to us today. We would be the same, if we had lived then. When they were fulfilled however, they did prove who the Messiah was, and that God had arranged it all well in advance.
1). Zechariah tells us that God is sending someone to the rescue.
Early on in the book of Zechariah, there is this prophecy…
“I am going to bring my servant, the Branch”; Zechariah 3:8 and, in Zechariah 6:12, he adds, “Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord’ ”.
So, we see that the “Branch” is; a). Brought by God, b). He is a man, and c). He will build the temple of the LORD.
Well, the temple was destroyed in AD70, so what is this temple?
St Paul explains that those in God’s family are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit now dwells within us instead of a building made with hands. We are required to reject sin completely as the Holy Spirit lives in God’s people now. (We are also told elsewhere that He can depart from us if we grieve Him. If that happens, we endanger our souls as Jesus said blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin; (Matthew 12:31-32), which also means that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, if it is possible to blaspheme Him. (King David was well aware of the spiritual danger of losing the presence of the Holy Spirit, (because of his adultery,) and says so in Psalm 51:11;- but he repented. (Whereas Judas did not.)
So from all this we now can see that the prophecy in Zechariah 6:12 regarding the “Branch” as being brought by God, was the One sent to build His temple. This was fulfilled in Jesus as He was prophecied as being the ‘sent one’, elsewhere, so this is yet another one of the many jig saw pieces about the One God brought by God.
2). Zechariah tells us how to recognise this special person God is sending.
Zechariah not only prophecies that God is sending His “Branch” to build a temple of the Lord, but provides some details for us, so that we will recognise Him when He comes.
A). Zechariah 9:9-10 tells us that He will ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.9.“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11. As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.”
From that prophecy we learn that:-
i). He will be the one coming into Jerusalem on a donkey...
As the New Testament was also written by Jews they knew their Bible, and so Matthew quoted this verse from Zechariah in Matthew 21:4-5 when recording Jesus arrival in Jerusalem, prior to His Crucifixion. So he makes the connection that Zechariah’s prophecy was about Jesus.
ii). We also see that the first coming of the Messiah is to be in peace, and not to judge, which is why He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. (Elsewhere, we are told that next time He will come as King to judge and reign, and that it will be a very different kind of coming, but that’s a different point.)
B). We also learn of another prophecy about Him.
From Zechariah 11:13, we see that Zechariah spoke of a worthless shepherd who was sacked, who would throw back the 30 pieces of silver into the temple, which he had been paid. (Again, thanks to the New Testament being written by Jews who knew their Bible well, they could put together the pieces of the jig saw puzzle of prophecies, and we are told that this prophecy was fulfilled in Judas;- Matthew 27:1-9.)
C). We also learn what will happen...
In Zechariah 12:10-14, we learn more about the Messiah, “...and they shall look on Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn...”
Well to miss the meaning of this prophecy any Bible student would need to be obtuse to try and say anything other than this was all about Jesus, because John 19:36-37 picks up on that point. Well before Zechariah, King David had also prophesied this would happen in Psalm 22:16-17. There is so much in the “Old” Testament that all points to Jesus being the Messiah, it is hard to understand how He could have been missed. The “three wise men” from the east, who came to visit Jesus in Bethlehem, recognised that the Messiah was due by reading the Scriptures. Every jot and tittle of the prophecies were fulfilled about the first coming of Jesus. 80% of Bible prophecy has already happened and all that’s left now, is the last 20% relating to end times. What is sad is that most Jews, (but not the ‘Messianic Jews’, or ‘Completed Jews’), are missing the boat, when it comes to recognising just who the Messiah is. They need to play catch up with the Gentile believers, for Paul says in Romans 9-11 that there is a purpose behind Gentiles discovering the Messiah, which is to make them take stock of what has happened.
There is so much in Zechariah that it really needs the reader to do some homework. For example, there is quite a lot about ‘end times’, which we just can’t start going into here and now. Either read or listen to Zechariah this week. (www.bible.com provides audio for the King James Version and other translations to read.)
I hope this blog has created enough interest in Zechariah to make us want to take a second look. Only by revelation could Zechariah have known any of this. We should be excited to know that everything that has happened was all planned by God, eons ago.
Handel’s Messiah includes Zechariah 9:9-10, which can inspire you here at this link...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHQpeGzio4k
And here are the words, if they help...
“If you would like to follow Handel’s song from the Messiah from Zechariah 9:9-10 here are the words if they help...
Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice Greatly, Rejoice o daughter of Zion, O daughter of Zion, Rejoice. Rejoice, Rejoice, O daughter of Zion, rejoice greatly. Shout! O daughter of Jerusalem, Behold thy King cometh unto thee, Behold thy king cometh unto thee, cometh unto thee, He is the righteous Saviour, And he shall speak peace unto the heathen, He shall speak peace, He shall speak peace, Peace, He shall speak peace unto the heathen, He is the righteous saviour, And he shall speak, He shall speak peace, Peace. He shall speak peace, unto the heathen, Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice greatly, Rejoice greatly. O daughter of Zion…”
I’m John Dunning and that’s ‘Thoughtful Thoughts’ for another week.
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