Guest Post: Zechariah’s Biography of Christ by R P Amos

Of which salvation the prophets…testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, 1 Peter 1:10-11 KJV

Zechariah’s Biography of Christ ~ 518 BC

1. THE DONKEY (lowly) “Thy King cometh unto thee: he is just…lowly, and riding … upon a colt the foal of an ass, Zechariah 9:9. Messiah would not ride into Jerusalem on a glorious stallion, but on a donkey, revealing His meek and lowly character. (Matthew 21:5)

2. THE SHEPHERD “And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock”, Zechariah 11:7-17. A shepherd who would guide Israel with two shepherd staves called Beauty (favor) and Bands (to bind). But then because of rejection, He would break the staves and Israel would be judged and eventually be ruled by a false worthless shepherd who will slaughter them. (John 5:43 / John 10:11 / Hebrews 13:20)

3. THE SILVER (worth) “Give me my price… so they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver”, Zechariah 11:12,13. Israel was asked to place a value on God’s shepherd. They valued him at 30 pieces of silver (price of an injured slaved) and then cast it to the potter at the Lord’s house. Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus for that amount. (Matthew 26:15, 27:3-10)

4. THE SWORD “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered:..”, Zechariah 13:7. God’s judgment sword that had spared the sinners did wake up and fall – not on the nations nor on Israel – but on His shepherd who was His equal (fellow) but also a man. All forsook Christ and He was crucified for our sins as Savior! (Matthew 26:31, John 19:34)

5. THE PIERCINGS “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced…” Zechariah 12:10. When Christ Jesus returns to earth Israel will see their Messiah – and He will have the pierce marks of the cross. In stunned horror, they will finally repent of their national rejection of Him and go into deep national mourning – and be cleansed in His fountain of sacrificial blood-forgiveness from all their sins. (John 19:34, 20:20 / Revelation 1:7)

6. THE BRANCH (life) “Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH”, Zechariah 6:11-13. A branch is something living that grows from a root to bear fruit. The Lord took a priest, Joshua (NT Jesus), and crowned him to sit on a throne. A man would grow like a branch into a full king-priest; religion and state merged in one person. And Messiah-King will rebuild the temple of God on earth. Christ Jesus is called “the branch of the LORD” (God), Isaiah 4:2 – “the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David” (King), Jeremiah 33:15 – The high priest was told that God would bring forth “my servant the BRANCH” (priest), Zechariah 3:8 – and, “the man…The BRANCH” (human), Zechariah 6:12 (Hebrews 4:14 / Revelation 19:16)

7. THE WARRIOR “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations”, Zechariah 14:1-11. When all nations are against Israel, then the Lord shall descend to Mount Olivet and save them from all their enemies with a worldwide judgment. Their Savior won’t be a politician but God – the glorious Lord Jesus Christ with the marks of the cross. He’s on a white horse this time with the armies of heaven. Then there will be “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. (Revelation 1:7, 17:14, 19:11-16 / Luke 2:14)

 

Editorial Note: This is a guest post written by Brother Randy Amos. He maintains the Thinking 7 website. You can also find Randy’s ministry on the Voices For Christ website here.

 

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WWW Wednesday: The Best Kings of Israel Chart EVER!

The Kings of Israel

 

While studying many portions of the Old Testament it is often helpful to have a reference chart of the Kings of Israel. Unfortunately most reference charts only come in plain vanilla– helpful but boring.

Recently I ran across a very helpful chart that is anything but boring. To find out more please checkout my weekly post over at the Why We Web blog.

 

Link: Found Online: The Best Kings of Israel Chart EVER!

 

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Jottings – The Full Height of New Testament Christian Worship

Jottings Pencil Red

Commenting on Psalm 28:2 KJV “‘Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto Thee, when I life up my hands toward Thy holy oracle.’ And now we get a suggestion here of the difference between Old Testament worship and New Testament worship. The Old Testament saint knew nothing of what you and I through grace should know and understand. In all of the Old Testament dispensation God was hidden behind a heavy veil. He dwelt in the thick darkness and only the high priest could push that aside and enter once a year, bearing the blood of atonement. But now it is altogether different. The Old Testament saint said, ‘I lift up my hands toward Thy holy oracle.’ But what about the New Testament saint? Look at Hebrews 10:19-22 KJV and see how different our position is, ‘Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water,’ or with ‘the water of purification,’ referring to the nineteenth chapter of Numbers, undoubtedly. Look at the difference. The Old Testament saint was truly a child of God, truly forgiven, but he knew nothing of immediate access into the holiest because the veil was not yet rent. The precious blood of Christ had not yet been shed, and so these Psalms do not rise to the full height of New Testament worship. That is why we need to be careful when we try to use [the Pslams] as vehicles of Christian praise, testimony, and adoration. The tone of worship never rises to the New Testament heights until we enter into the holiest through the value of the precious blood of Jesus. The Old Testament saint says, ‘I lift up my hands toward Thy holy oracle.’ Suppose I were to try to sing that today. I will not do anything of the kind. The oracle was the holiest of all. I belong in the holiest of all. I enter, in all the infinite value of the precious atoning blood of Christ. On the other hand, a great many of the Psalms are beautiful expressions of praise and worship, but they all reach just a certain height. You get the full height of Christian worship in the Revelation where we read, ‘Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever’ (Rev. 1:5-6 KJV). I wish I could write music. I would like to write an anthem on those words, for that is what we are going to sing in Heaven”

 

Harry Ironside, Psalms. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers; 1952), pp. 169-170.

 

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