Sunday, April 09, 2006

Zechariah 9-14: The Coming of a Victorious King

The present decline in the approval ratings of President Bush is nothing compared to the sharp drop from the loud hosannas of Palm Sunday to the jeers of Good Friday. Once the crowds realized Jesus was not going to capitalize on their enthusiastic support and declare himself their Messiah, or God’s anointed king, they quickly turned against him.

Textual Notes
Selected verses from the Chaiasmas in Zechariah 9-14
Explain chaiasmas in Zechariah 9-14
Survey of Zechariah

1. The Royal Messiah is Arriving (Zech 9:9-10)
1.1. Rejoice and Shout!
1.1.1. Hosanna: Save! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
1.2. Your King, not A king is coming to You! 2 Samuel 23:3-5
1.3. Just and having salvation: John 7:18; 1 Peter 2:22

1.4. Gentle and riding on a donkey, a colt, foal of a donkey.
1.4.1. Much made of she-ass and colt as if text somehow has an error. They say that in Mark 11:2 and Luke 19:30 only a male foal is mentioned. Matthew shows the literal fulfillment in mentioning both in Matthew 21:5. The miracle was that a foal which had never been ridden, knows nothing of being broken, of carrying a person, of following roads, especially with noise and people and palm branches. He can follow his mother donkey, but additional miracle that the colt did not throw the Lord. He had it in complete obedience.
1.4.2. Picture of Jew and Gentile: Jew-Yoked, broken animal. Gentile-wild colt. Jesus brings both under his Lordship.
1.4.3. Kings of Israel, beginning with Saul, rode mules. (Saul first pictured as out looking for mules). No king ever rode an ass. Messiah’s kingdom is not of this world. Muslims say that Mohammed was the rider of a well-regarded camel, but Christians laughed at b/c their king rode an ass. When he returns, he will not be riding a donkey. He will be riding a white horse of victory.

Ron Kenoly: Some try to keep Him wrapped up in a manger. / Some try to keep Him nailed up on a cross. / Some try to keep Him held down in the cold dark grave / But He’s coming on a white horse! The King of kings is coming with fire in His eyes. / The King of kings is coming. / He’s coming back to your world. He’s gonna rule it with a rod of iron. He’s coming back without a warning. / He’s coming with wrath and force. / He’s coming with power and judgment. / And He’s coming on a white horse! — “The King of Kings is Coming” Bob Ayala & Ron Kenoly © 1998 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music/ASCAP

1.5. He does away with world’s way of war
1.5.1. Millenial Reign

2. Shepherd Messiah is Rejected (Zech 11:10-13)
2.1. Breaking of staff: Matthew 21:43

2.2. Thirty pieces of silver: Exodus 21:32; Matthew 26:15; 27:9-10; Acts 1:18-19

3. Firstborn Messiah is Pierced (Zech 12:10; 13:7)
3.1. dagar- pierce, profane, insult: John 19:34, 37; John 20:26-28

3.2. Strike the shepherd – Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27

4. The Messiah will Come and Reign (Zech 13:1; 14:9, 16)
4.1. God does not forget his promises:
Ezekiel 36:25: 25; Romans 11:26; Hebrews 9:14

4.2. King over whole earth: Revelation 11:15
4.3. Nations will worship at Jerusalem: Revelation 7:9