by Sean Mills

This week’s questions:

Read Zechariah 9

1. In verses one through nine the prophet uses picturesque language to describe how God will annihilate Judah’s enemies. Hamath is doomed and Tyre’s possessions will be consumed by fire (vv. 2, 4). In addition, Gaza’s king will perish and Philistia will be humbled (vv. 5-7). What do you think about the violence these ‘other’ nations will endure? Does it teach us anything about God? Are you comforted by God’s vengeance or is this passage unsettling?

2. Verse nine says, “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt.” In the New Testament both Matthew and John apply these words to Jesus during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Though they stop short of verse ten (which in context would also apply to Jesus) how does He “destroys the weapons of battle and bring peace to the nations?” Does this happen during the present age or is it going to happen in the age to come?

3. In verse twelve God promised to bless His people twice as much as their troubles had been; quite a promise in light of being in exile! In Romans eight, Paul says, “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later” (v. 18). In the Zechariah passage, the blessings seemed to be coming very soon, ‘this very day.’ In the Romans passage, however, ultimate blessing and restoration will come in the future. How does God bless His people? Do we still get a 2 for 1 deal? Discuss.