Zechariah 9 Outline
– God will punish the enemies of Israel (Zechariah 9:1-10)
– God promises to rescue the Israelites in exile (Zechariah 9:11-13)
– God promises to protect his people (Zechariah 9:14-17)
Zechariah 9 Summary
In Zechariah 9:1-8, God pronounces judgments on the enemies of Israel. Hadrach, Hamath and Damascus were cities located in Syria. Damascus used to be the capital of Syria. Tyrus and Zidon were Mediterranean towns, located to the west of Syria. Tyrus was a strong city, with a fortress of about 1,000 meters around it. The strong fortress that surrounded Tyrus prevented other nations from conquering it. This is why it was often referred as a stronghold. The people of Tyrus were clever and they stored up lots of gold for themselves in the city. Despite them, God will still destroy them. Alexander the Great conquered Tyrus in 333 B.C.
Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod were cities of Philistia. God will also bring judgment on the Philistines towns but the Philistines will later become part of God’s people. The Philistines used to eat meat with blood in it because it was a practice in their religion.
Zechariah 9:8 refers to the end time period, when Jesus will come back to the earth for a second time. In A.D. 70, the Romans destroyed the temple of Jerusalem and attack the Israelites. When Jesus comes back on earth, his people will be saved.
Zechariah 9:9-10 alludes to Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-11). Jesus is the king that will reign across the earth forever. The passage tells us of the first time Jesus came to earth to fulfill his duty by dying on the cross for our sins. It also tells us about the second time when Jesus will come back and redeemed those that are saved. Jesus is just and able to save people. He is humble and he did ride on an ass when he entered into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
In Zechariah 9:11-13, God promises to rescue the Israelites from captives state because he remembered his covenant. God is calling the Israelites to return to the stronghold of Jerusalem. He promised that they will receive a double portion, which means double blessings compared to the double sorrow. God’s people will fight against their enemies and defeat them. The warriors will shout noisily like people who are drunk. God’s people will be full means they will gain great victory against the enemies. God uses the term flock to call his people, like a shepherd with a flock of sheep. His people will be as precious to him as the stones on a crown.
Zechariah 9 Bible Study
1. God will always protect His People from Harm
God always protect his people from harm. Matthew 10:29-31 says that God treasure each of his children. He will never let any harm comes to you without his permission. If you obey God’s teachings in the Bible, God will surely protect you. Although we will face problems in life, they will never be more than we can bear. We all face problems. God use problems to test our faith so that our spiritual life can grow. God will rescue you to safety if you love Jesus and accept him as your savior (Psalms 91:14-16).
2. Be Vigilant because the Devil always Look for Ways to Accuse You
The devil often roams around the earth, looking for weak Christians to attack (1 Peter 5:8). To overcome the devil’s attack, Christians must be vigilant. Most Christians just say a prayer in the morning to protect them from evil during that day. If necessary, you should ask Jesus to cover you with the blood of Jesus several times per day. Vigilance is based on your situation against the demonic attack. Whenever you feel the Holy Spirit’s prompting, you must quickly call on Jesus to cover his blood on you. Every day, you must put on the full armor of God so that the devil cannot succeed in deceiving you (Ephesians 6:11-17).
3. Be Alert to God’s Voice
We must always be alert in listening to God’s voice. Jesus says that his sheep will recognize and heed his voice. When Jesus speaks to you, you must not ignore him. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit will speak to you to protect you from a dangerous situation. By listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice, you will always be safe and secure. Christians should not think that God will automatically protect them even when they don’t pray about it. If you don’t pray, God cannot do anything to protect you. This is because God wants us to ask him for anything we want. When we ask, God will offer his help.
4. Standing on God’s Promises when Praying
There is no formula that you need to follow when praying for God’s protection. You just need to tell God plainly to protect you from all kinds of possible harm. You can also stand on God’s promises when praying for God’s protection. Besides praying for God’s protection for yourself, you should also pray for others such as family members, friends and etc. Whenever you go out, you should pray for God’s protection so that you will have a safe to and fro journey.