The gentle King!
Scripture reading for October 2nd: Zechariah 9-11
“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses 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.” Zechariah 9:9-10
Zechariah was very specific that the coming ruler would be both a priest and a king. He would not be a great conqueror who would ruthlessly devour the nations or subdue them with strong-arm tactics. He would come gently, armed with weapons of righteousness and salvation. He would be riding on the colt of a donkey. His rule would extend to the ends of the earth! That sounds like Jesus Christ! (Matthew 21:2-4)
This gentle King would save and restore His people! Because of the blood of His covenant, He would free the prisoners! (Zechariah 9:11) Not only that, He would restore them double! He would save His flock like a shepherd from their enemies and they would sparkle like jewels in a crown. (Zechariah 9:16-17) God was tired of shepherds who oppressed the people and promised that He, Himself, would care for the flock. He would raise up from Judah one who would be the cornerstone and the tent peg. (Zechariah 10:4) Jesus Christ came from the tribe of Judah and became the chief cornerstone of the new temple! He would be the “Good Shepherd” who would care for the flock!
Zechariah recorded many “I will” statements spoken by the Lord. Included are promises to strengthen the house of Judah and have compassion on them. He promised to be their God and to hear and answer them. (Zechariah 10:6-12) He will gather them from where they were scattered and they would again walk in His name! This “King” speaks with authority!
A final reference to this king is found in Zechariah 11:12-13 where he named the price of thirty pieces of silver. It was to be thrown to the potter! Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas for the thirty pieces of silver! The price was used to buy a ‘potter’s field’! (Matthew 27:3-10)