Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah 9:9-10

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Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, and here, we come to Zechariah 9:9-10 :

[9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. [10] And I will destroy the chariot out of Ephraim, and the horse out of Jerusalem, and the bow for war shall be broken: and he shall speak peace to the Gentiles, and his power shall be from sea to sea, and from the rivers even to the end of the earth.

Saint Clement of Alexandria wrote about this passage:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion; tell aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes, just, meek, and bringing salvation; meek truly is He, and riding on a beast of burden, and a young colt. Zechariah 9:9; Genesis 49:11 It was not enough to have said colt alone, but He added to it also young, to show the youth of humanity in Christ, and the eternity of simplicity, which shall know no old age. And we who are little ones being such colts, are reared up by our divine colt-tamer. But if the new man in Scripture is represented by the ass, this ass is also a colt. And he bound, it is said, the colt to the vine, having bound this simple and childlike people to the word, whom He figuratively represents as a vine. For the vine produces wine, as the Word produces blood, and both drink for health to men— wine for the body, blood for the spirit.

7 Responses to Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah 9:9-10

  • Robert A. Rowland says:

    THE BREAD OF LIFE

    Into Bethlehem, the city of bread – Our Savior came.
    For the Eucharist, bread of life is yet another name.
    He lay in a manger that gives animals food for life.
    In a bitter cold cave, life began in intended strife.

    Heavenly angels came to proclaim to shepherds great joy,
    and announce the birth of Our Savior as a baby boy.
    Shepherds were overcome by awe and associated fear.
    Fear gave in to joy for the glorious sounds they could hear.

    Power and might of the heavenly host calmed shepherd’s fears.
    They were truly assured that God was indeed very near.
    Many said let us go so we can view this divine sight.
    They were in awe of Mother and Child in glorious light.

    For their humility they were God’s most honored choices,
    to be privileged as first to hear the heralds’ voices.
    Three wise men were proceeding on a journey from afar.
    They were promised to be guided by a special bright star.

    The sight of wondrous displays were such a heavenly cue,
    so that everyone would then understand worship was due.
    The world has surely strayed so far from the message heard,
    it has never had a greater need for the Incarnate Word.

    Bob Rowland
    VI/IV/MMXII

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