Sunday Devotional: Prophet Zechariah foretold the coming of Jesus Christ

Zechariah 9:9-10

Thus says the LORD:
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior’s bow shall be banished,
and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

“a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.”
That sentence, proclaimed by the prophet Zechariah, is only one of many foretellings of the coming of Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament.
Below are some more foretellings:

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Psalm 16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is Messiah.
Among the reasons why they don’t, according to the article “Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?,” are:

  • The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father. (Hmm, does that mean Jesus is not Jewish?)
  • Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….”

Now you see why the Talmud, the collection of the sayings and writings of rabbis regarded as superior even to the Torah, calls Jesus a “bastard,” “fool” and “charlatan,” His mother Mary a “whore,” and Christians “idolators” and less than human. (See Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; first published in St. Petersburg in 1892.; and “Truth About the Talmud“.)
In his 1991 essay in First Things, “When Jews Are Christians,” David Novak, a Jew, explains that there are three types of Jewish converts to Christianity:

  1. Fake converts: “Secret Jews” who converted to Christianity not out of a genuine belief, but for self-interested opportunistic reasons — to escape persecution (as during the Inquisition), or for social and/or economic gain.
  2. Genuine converts: Jews who sincerely believe Christianity is the true faith, and no longer think of themselves as Jews.
  3. Jewish Christians, aka Messianic Jews: Novak identifies this group as a new kind of Jewish converts to Christianity — Jewish converts to Christianity who claim still to be Jews and still to be practicing Judaism, insisting that they are practicing the true Judaism. Perversely, the State of Israel rejects these Jewish Christians or Messianic Jews as Jews. In 1989, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against two Jewish Christians, Jerry and Shirley Beresford, who petitioned for Israeli citizenship as Jews under the Law of Return, which guarantees immediate Israeli citizenship to every Jew. The Court rejected their petition on the grounds that the Law of Return specifically precludes any Jew who has affiliated with another, non-Jewish, religious community, never mind the fact that the Law of Return is applied to Jewish atheists although atheism, arguably, is a form of religion.

Novak takes a different position than the Israeli Supreme Court. Claiming to speak for “normative Judaism,” Novak maintains Jewish Christians are still Jews because:

“Jewish status is defined by the divine election of Israel and his descendants. One does not become a Jew by one’s own volition. Even in the case of converts to Judaism . . . A gentile’s choice to become a Jew is a necessary but not sufficient condition of conversion . . . the convert’s choice is not sufficient to make him or her a Jew: it only makes one a candidate for conversion. The actual conversion itself is the act of an authoritative Jewish Tribunal who . . . Like God . . . is under no compulsion to elect, which is to say convert, anyone. Since Jews are elected by God, there is absolutely nothing any Jew can do to remove himself or herself from the Covenant.”

All of that only works if the Jews of today are actually biological descendants of the ancient Hebrews with whom God had made His covenant. The problem is there is compelling DNA evidence that Ashkenazi Jews, who comprise 90% of the world’s (and U.S.) Jews, are descendants of the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century. See:

Revelation 2:9

“I know the blasphemy of them
which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the synagogue of Satan.”

May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

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3 years ago

I am disturbed & confussed by this missive.. Seems to say that if one does not have the exact DNA of the Original Blood-line of the Original Jew that God made His covenant, – then we “NJ’s”- are out of Luck on any salvation.. Words mean things, = honestly clairifying them without “interpretation” is necessary for Truth.. The Muslims also claim that unless one is actually in the Blood-Line decendent of Mahomet (Mohammud) = then the Muslim cannot Rule in any position of Earthly Power.. So, let’s hear some “Truth” and let the “interpretors” clearify themselves.. Where do low-level Imams… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  EddieBG..

No one is “out of Luck on any salvation” if you have repented of your sins, washed the Holy Spirit into your heart, and proclaim Jesus as Lord, then you will be saved. Jesus is our salvation. His blood washes away our sins.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17
You are no longer what you were…but, who you are, is in Christ.
God knows your heart and if you are true in your heart, you will have eternal life in Heaven.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  EddieBG..

Eddie . . . I think that our God foresaw this dilemma. He promised Abraham that his seed would be as numerous as the sands of the seashore. I can only assume that the principle of adoption into the House of Israel come into play here. Just as Christ spoke of us becoming his sons and daughters. I highly doubt that I had Jesus Christ as a biological great-great-great grandfather . . . this scenario also shows “adoption” into the lineage of Christ through our willingness to repent and follow his teachings. Be not afraid, all these “problems” have been… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  EddieBG..

Eddie, the Lord called the original Israel a beautiful olive tree (see Jeremiah 11:16). It was supposed to bear much fruit but did not. In Romans 11:16-26, Paul takes the olive tree metaphor and explains what happened to the unfaithful, as well as people who believe in Jesus. The holy root is called Israel. He says that the unfaithful (but native branches) are cut off, and the faithful ones (even though they are foreign) are grafted into the tree. This will go on and on until the whole tree is full, and so all Israel will be saved. There at… Read more »

3 years ago

Must apologize, – the second paragraph on Muslims was “off-subject.” – – May be a “subject” for another missive..

3 years ago

Thank you Dr Eowyn, i hope to have a long time to learn all I have been missing?

3 years ago

Thank You Dr. Eowyn for this very detailed and truthful devotional.
There is still time for people to repent of their sins and receive the Lord and Holy Spirit. Deception is so rampant in our world, especially today.
His love is for us all.

Steven Broiles
3 years ago

I have lived in New York City for my entire life, and, despite the fact that many Jews I’ve met and dealt with are very nice people, theological arguments and claims of miracles absolutely will not work conversion in their hearts. Novak sums it up precisely, viz., that being Jewish seems to be a matter of FATE. Be that as it may, even if such a position is true, it does not preclude the free will of any Jew in question: They still have minds and intellects to sift through the evidence. But it seems to me that, as they… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Steven . . . As always you have certain “gems” to bring to us, and I thank you profusely. Dr Eowyn, as usual has brought to us such a lovely, mindful lesson for this Sabbath. I know we all appreciate all the time and effort she puts in on our part.

3 years ago

I enjoy your teachings, there are many questions to be answered, most of which will come to us in the next life. Zechariah was most prophetic. Also, Isaiah 53 is very clear about the coming of Jesus, and Zechariah 11 – 13 gives more information, including regarding days to come. Paul’s letter to the Romans, 11: 25 – 32, tells us why. The number of Gentiles to be saved has yet to be fulfilled. For now, anger and scapegoating help preventing Jewish assimilation and maintains a remnant. It seems to me that after the troubles ahead, humanity itself will be… Read more »

3 years ago

A number of my close friends of the last 40+ years are converted Jews. They have struggled with the question of their identity. It seems in their cases it was to be able to more easily reach their fellow Jews. They live with a full appreciation of St. Paul’s teachings on grace vs law. But the line gets more murky with some groups, who are (usually gentiles) turning back to the law.

3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

This may be part of the answer: Gentiles in Messianic congregations may think that the Old Testament law must be followed. I believe in what James said that we must be doers of the Word, not hearers only, but that is part of being a repentant Christian. Jesus’s sacrifice of himself did all the work, we aren’t saved by ourselves.

3 years ago

Thank you Dr. E.


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