Christ is speaking in first person through Zechariah’s prophecy. That is made clear when He cited Himself as the one “whom they have pierced,” a foretelling of the crucifixion. Thus, “I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication” could be a prophecy that Christ would pour out the Holy Spirit. Speaking of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost, Peter said, “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear” (Acts 2:33). Thus, this prophecy could have its fulfillment in the beginning of the church on Pentecost, with “the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem” referring to the Jews in Jerusalem who obeyed the gospel that day (Acts 2:38-41), and as a secondary application to the church as a whole, the spiritual house of David and the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22-23).… Read More Zechariah: “They Will Look On Me Whom They Have Pierced”
Zechariah’s statement, “…the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them” (12:8c), is likely a figurative prophetic reference to Jesus. Christ was a descendant of David’s house (2 Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 132:11; Is. 11:1; Jer. 23:5; cf. Matt. 1:1; Lk. 1:32, 69; John 7:42; Acts 2:30; 13:23; Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 2:8; Rev. 22:16). John depicted Jesus as “the Word” who “was God” and “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14; cf. Phil. 2:5-7; 2 Cor. 4:4b). … Read More Zechariah: “The House of David Shall Be Like God”
This crown, made of silver and gold molded together by the prophet, might have been double-tiered. According to commentator Homer Hailey, this would signify that the one wearing the crown held two offices, that of high priest AND king. No high priest had been king before in Israel. Zechariah’s crowning of the high priest Joshua was thus a symbolic prophecy. This is made even clearer by what the Lord directed Zechariah to say to Joshua (whose name in Hebrew – yhosua – means “Jehovah saves” and is transliterated in Greek to iesous…Jesus).… Read More Zechariah: Joshua’s Crown and the Messiah
This week I’ve written and thought about how Jesus was both a very loving and very direct person. Was His directness that offended many and prompted the hatred and opposition He and His followers experienced…and still experience today? I would answer in the affirmative…but only so far. There was a deeper reason, and that reason remains foundational to the opposition pure, unadulterated Christianity faces throughout the world today.
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Think about it. If Jesus had not lived a sinless life, then dying on the cross would have accomplished nothing. He would not have been our propitiation and Savior by doing so, because God required a sinless sacrifice. Yet in order to live a sinless life, Jesus had have always told the truth. Always (1 Pet. 1:22). If there was any dishonesty coming out of his mouth…ever…then he would not longer be sinless and thus not our Savior. That would make the Christian religion as a whole a sham and meaningless. With this in mind, consider what Jesus said about the events recorded in the book of Genesis.… Read More Following Jesus Requires Taking Genesis Literally
All of us suffer. Sometimes we might want to blame God. This woman encourages me to do the opposite. She reminds me that I must look upwards to God and look forward to heaven. My home is not here in the land of war, turmoil, strife, and high housing and gas prices. There is something better waiting (Rom. 8:18). … Read More My Thoughts on Christ’s Healing of the Woman With the Blood Issue
This is a prophecy about Jesus (Is. 11:1-2; cf. Matt. 3:16). Just as a branch grows out of a tree, Jesus would grow out of the priesthood (Zech. 6:11-12; Is. 11:1-10; Jer. 23:5-6; 33:15).… Read More Zechariah: My Servant the Branch (The Fourth Vision)
I love Christmastime because so many in our culture think a lot about Jesus during this time. While the actual holiday of Christmas nor the actual birth date of Jesus are not found in the Bible, nonetheless most of us think about Him and His birth these days. So if you are one who thinks a lot about a little baby in a manger in Bethlehem during this month, I encourage you to take some time to also think about what Gabriel said to Mary that her boy would become. Mary’s son – God’s Son – is currently King of kings and Lord of lords, reigning over His church.… Read More My Thoughts on Luke 1:31-33
Whenever I study this chapter, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of just how much I owe the Lion Who is also a Lamb. Praise His holy name!… Read More The Lion of the Tribe of Judah