Week of January 7 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 9:9

5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

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.

Reflect:  What is promised through the words of the prophets? What details given help confirm that Jesus was the King the prophets spoke of?

Consider: The announcement that your King comes to you refers to the long-awaited King and Messiah (see Isa. 9:5–7; Micah 5:2–4; Luke 1:32–33). Righteous describes both His character and His reign (see Ps. 45:6–7; Isa. 11:1–5; 32:17; Jer. 23:5–6; 33:15–16). The phrase having salvation denotes that He will come as a Deliverer, as One to give salvation to others (see Isa. 62:11). His peaceful entrance—riding on a donkey—was fulfilled when He presented Himself to Israel in the Triumphal Entry (Matt. 21:1–5). In the ancient Near East, if a king came in peace, he would ride on a donkey instead of on a war stallion. [1]

Respond: How do you feel when someone makes good on a promise? How do you typically respond? Knowing the Christmas story well, is it any surprise, then, the response of the shepherds we read about in Luke 2? How have you responded to the celebration of the birth of Christ this year?

 

[1]  F. Duane Lindsey, “Zechariah,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1562–1563.