9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (ESV)
The name of this blog is Sixty-six Books in a Year. Frankly we could have spent the whole year right here in these rich chapters of this great Minor Prophet Zechariah. However, having just one day, not 365, I need to look at just this one verse. If you wonder whether Jesus is who He said He is, here’s a verse that screams of His Messiahship. Here 500+ years before the appearance of Jesus we have a detailed account of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jerusalem is commanded to shout aloud and so they did 500+ years later. What a profound foundation stone to the veracity of the gospel.
Do you ever doubt whether this whole God thing is true? I have. When I come across verses like this I am dumbfounded. This is one of hundreds of prophecies about Jesus and His ministry. Chapter 8 uses the phrase, “Lord of Hosts” seventeen times. This phrase refers to the fact that Jesus is the commander of the hosts of angels that are at His command. In Jesus’ first advent He didn’t beckon them, but rode on a meek donkey and gave Himself up for us all. Some day, and hopefully soon, He will return for us and His angels will be at His side. What a glorious day that will be.
What about that donkey? I’ve thought about that lowly animal that was used to fulfill biblical prophecy and who carried the King of the universe into Jerusalem that day. I want to be like that donkey. I want to be used by the King to bring glory to Himself, to further His Kingdom. Just to be the donkey Jesus uses. That’s enough for me!
Father God I thank You for the veracity of the gospel message. Thank You that when I doubt there are great verses of Scripture that speak to the truthfulness of who You are. Help me to take great encouragement and strength from that. Also help me to be used by You — like that donkey was — to further Your Kingdom. I pray these things in the strong Name of Jesus, Amen.