Mar 27, 2015
Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
You are a lion’s cub, O Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until Shiloh comes / until he comes to whom it belongs
and the obedience of the nations is his.
He will tether his donkey to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.
Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob,
all you clans of the house of Israel.
This is what the LORD says:
“What fault did your fathers find in me,
that they strayed so far from me?
They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD,
who brought us up out of Egypt
and led us through the barren wilderness,
through a land of deserts and rifts,
a land of drought and darkness,
a land where no one travels and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land
to eat its fruit and rich produce.
The priests did not ask,
‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;
the leaders rebelled against me.
“Therefore I bring charges against you again,”
declares the LORD.
“And I will bring charges against your children’s children.
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Lions have roared;
they have growled at him.
They have laid waste his land;
his towns are burned and deserted.
Have you not brought this on yourselves
by forsaking the LORD your God
when he led you in the way?
Consider then and realize
how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the LORD your God
and have no awe of me,”
declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
“Long ago you broke off your yoke
and tore off your bonds;
you said, ‘I will not serve you!’
I had planted you like a choice vine
of sound and reliable stock.
How then did you turn against me
into a corrupt, wild vine?
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to the Daughter of Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’ ”
Who is Shiloh?
He’s the One who in a time to come,
Would ride a donkey into Jerusalem,
Tethering it at the temple of the house of Judah;
To this choice vine that the Lord had planted,
But which had turned to corruption.
Zechariah had told us that this was their King;
To proclaim peace to the nations;
His rule extending to the ends of the earth.
But there was one little matter
Which first had to be resolved.
He didn’t hold back His words of rebuke,
And for that as we now all know,
He was made to wash His robes in blood.
And unknown to anyone on either side of the battle lines,
This – the giving of His life –
Was the key that would unlock the miracle of miracles.
The first half of this miracle He poured out at Pentecost,
Giving His Spirit to all who believed,
For guidance, for correction;
To teach us the things that hadn’t yet been written down.
And the better half of the miracle is yet to come –
That despite all He gave up on our behalf,
And because He emerged victorious –
We too will see Him.
The word of the Lord to Zechariah is still good –
As good as gold.
He will come, and He will reign,
Bringing peace to the ends of the earth.