READING: Zechariah 8-14
“He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey.”
I am genuinely amazed by how God has inspired, preserved, and protected His Word over the centuries. More specifically, it’s fascinating to me to find Old Testament texts that pointed to the New Testament – and to which the New Testament writers turned to understand what they were seeing. The writers wrote in different centuries, yet God’s Spirit put the puzzle pieces together so that today we have His unified word. Consider, for example, these texts in today’s readings that point to Jesus and His ministry:
- Zech. 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” [Matt. 21:5; John 12:15]
- Zech. 11:13 “’Throw it to the potter,’ the Lord said to me—this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter.” [Matt. 27:9]
- Zech. 12:10 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn.” [John 19:37]
- Zech. 13:7 “Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate—this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will also turn My hand against the little ones.” [Matt. 26:31; Mark 14:27]
None of the ministry of Jesus caught God off guard, and none of it took Him by surprise—even to the smallest details of a ride on a donkey and 30 pieces of silver. Knowing that God always keeps His word, I so look forward to the day when we will rest with Him forever in eternity!
- In your extra Bible study time, spend some time reviewing the prophecies of the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament.
- Thank God for His faithfulness to His Word.
PRAYER: “God, I praise You for the way You have brought Your Word together and given us access to it.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Esther 1-5