Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 9 – 20170921

Bible Study Notes

Zechariah 9:1  “The burden of the word of the LORD…”
Prophecy regarding something, known as a burden.

1  “…the land of Hadrach…”
Commentary says part of Syria.  Not mentioned in ancient histories.  Probably regional name.

2  “…Hamath…”
Syrian kingdom.

3-4  “Tyre built herself a tower…the Lord will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea…”
No matter what precautions Tyre makes, God’s judgment will still find her.  Commentary says this was fulfilled by Alexander the Great in his journey to conquer the world.  People of Tyre had fortified an island so they thought they were safe, but Alexander built a land bridge across the water and destroyed them.

5-6  “Ashkelon…Gaza…Ekron…I will cut off the pride of the Philistines”
Philistines are included in the judgment.  Commentary says Alexander got them also.

7  No clear idea other than the bits and pieces.  Speaks of turning from idol worship, blood and abominations.  But what this is exactly referring to and when isn’t mentioned.  Jebusite was the people of the land subjugated by the Israelites.  Will the Philistines one day be done the same way?

8  “…Because of him who passes by and him who returns…”
Commentary says a reference to Alexander on his way down to Egypt and back.  He didn’t bother the Jews going or coming.

9  “…Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey”
Prophecy of Christ entering Jerusalem before the crucifixion.

10  “I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off…”
Not sure here.  Commentary says it refers to the future coming together of the tribes when the King reigns, and that His dominion shall encompass all of the land of Israel promised to Abraham as well as the whole earth.  Israel’s land is supposed to extend from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River, much more than has ever been occupied.

13  “…And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece…”
Although Greece and its successor, the Romans, would oppress the Jews for a time, the King coming out of Israel would be greater than any from the other kingdoms.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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