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The Lord’s Deliverance of Israel (Daily Portion 10331)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Zechariah 9:1-17

Mostly, this chapter deals with the Lord’s deliverance of Israel at the end of the tribulation. It looks forward to the time when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord (v.1). At this time, the enemies of Israel will either be destroyed or else transformed into admirers and supporters. The prisoners of hope will be released and the Lord will appear over the Israelites to defend them. The chapter ends by declaring the great goodness and beauty of the Lord.

What Does It Say?

  1.  The chapter deals with the time when the _________ of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the _________.
  2. God promises to encamp about His _________.
  3.  The coming King will speak _________ unto the heathen, and His ___________ shall be from sea even to sea.
  4. God will raise up the sons of Zion against the sons of __________.
  5. “For how great is his ____________, and how great is his ___________!”

What Does It Mean?

  1.  Verse 1 states, “The burden of the word of the LORD.” Compare this statement with those found in Habakkuk 1:1; Zechariah 12:1; Malachi 1:1. Why would the word of the Lord be called a burden? In what ways can God’s word be like a heavy load?
  2. Verses 11-12 speak of “prisoners of hope” who are taken out a pit wherein is no water. At the time of God’s deliverance, they will be removed from their prison and will receive a double reward. Who do you think these prisoners are? Please give reasons for your answer.
  3.  Verse 14 makes four statements about the events at the end of the tribulation: “And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.” At least three of these statements match up with events mentioned in Matthew 24:27-31, a passage which deals with the same events. Study both verse 14 and Matthew 24:27-31 and see how many connections you can find between the two passages.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. Verse 9 is at least partially fulfilled in Matthew 21:1-11. What does verse 9 reveal about the person and ministry of Jesus Christ? How does each of these facts about Jesus provide a personal blessing for you?
  2. In verse 16, God’s people are said to be “as the stones of a crown.” Malachi 3:17 states, “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” The jewels (or stones in the crown) are a picture of God’s people. Give some ways in which precious stones can be a type of the people of God. How does 1Peter 2:5 compare to the other verses?

Suggested Memory Verses

Zechariah 9:9, 16 

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29:6

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.