Zechariah 9* God's defence of his church. (1-8) Christ's coming and hiskingdom. (9-11) Promises to the church. (12-17)1-8 Here are judgements foretold on several nations. While theMacedonians and Alexander's successors were in warfare in thesecountries, the Lord promised to protect his people. God's houselies in the midst of an enemy's country; his church is as a lilyamong thorns. God's power and goodness are seen in her specialpreservation. The Lord encamps about his church, and whilearmies of proud opposers shall pass by and return, his eyeswatch over her, so that they cannot prevail, and shortly thetime will come when no exactor shall pass by her any more. 9-17 The prophet breaks forth into a joyful representation ofthe coming of the Messiah, of whom the ancient Jews explainedthis prophecy. He took the character of their King, when heentered Jerusalem amidst the hosannas of the multitude. But hiskingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It shall not be advanced byoutward force or carnal weapons. His gospel shall be preached tothe world, and be received among the heathen. A sinful state isa state of bondage; it is a pit, or dungeon, in which there isno water, no comfort; and we are all by nature prisoners in thispit. Through the precious blood of Christ, many prisoners ofSatan have been set at liberty from the horrible pit in whichthey must otherwise have perished, without hope or comfort.While we admire Him, let us seek that his holiness and truth maybe shown in our own spirits and conduct. These promises haveaccomplishment in the spiritual blessings of the gospel which weenjoy by Jesus Christ. As the deliverance of the Jews wastypical of redemption by Christ, so this invitation speaks toall the language of the gospel call. Sinners are prisoners, butprisoners of hope; their case is sad, but not desperate; forthere is hope in Israel concerning them. Christ is aStrong-hold, a strong Tower, in whom believers are safe from thefear of the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and the assaultsof spiritual enemies. To him we must turn with lively faith; tohim we must flee, and trust in his name under all trials andsufferings. It is here promised that the Lord would deliver hispeople. This passage also refers to the apostles, and thepreachers of the gospel in the early ages. God was evidentlywith them; his words from their lips pierced the hearts andconsciences of the hearers. They were wondrously defended inpersecution, and were filled with the influences of the HolySpirit. They were saved by the Good Shepherd as his flock, andhonoured as jewels of his crown. The gifts, graces, andconsolations of the Spirit, poured forth on the day ofPentecost, #Ac 2| and in succeeding times, are represented.Sharp have been, and still will be, the conflicts of Zion'ssons, but their God will give them success. The more we areemployed, and satisfied with his goodness, the more we shalladmire the beauty revealed in the Redeemer. Whatever gifts Godbestows on us, we must serve him cheerfully with them; and, whenrefreshed with blessings, we must say, How great is hisgoodness!
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