Rejoice Greatly!

Zechariah, was of the prophets, “who spoke of the grace that was to come to you (Christ-followers/God’s elect), searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings fo Christ and the glories that would follow.”  (1 Peter 1:10-11)

In chapter 9 of his rather “major” Minor Prophetical book (14 chapters in length), he predicts Judgment on Israel’s Enemies.   The LORD is moving in power against the oppressors of His people.

According to Zechariah – “The WORD of the LORD” is being spoken.  The eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are “on the LORD” as He is about to act.  The Lord is about to strip away the ‘possessions‘ and ‘power‘ of the nations and cut down the ‘pride.’  Those who are left will ‘belong to God‘ as He conquers.  I’m sure as the people of Zechariah’s day and even the Jewish readers today find great relief in these predictions.   A growing anticipation for the LORD to act builds expectant faith.

In verse 9, the clarion call to “Rejoice greatly!” is given.  The LORD is sending His king.   His ‘anointed’ righteous deliverer will come and there should be a loud welcome given.

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 wonder how much joy we will really express tomorrow as we celebrate Palm Sunday.  As we celebrate the coming of the KING of kings and Lord of lords, should not our hearts burst with joy?  He was coming.   He did come.   He will come again.  Zechariah’s future glimpse, hundreds of years into the future, allowed those who read this prophecy to be well prepared!  Rejoice GREATLY….  There is no room for half-heartedness.  Let us love the LORD our God with ALL our heart and with ALL our soul……   Our righteous, saving, gentle, conquering King has come.   Makes me feel like singing….  “Sing, Hosanna!  Sing, Hosanna!   Sing, Hosanna to the KING of kings!…” I trust you’ll join me.

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