Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9:9 Fulfilled, Messiah - Lowly, Just, Bringing Salvation, Riding upon an Ass

(This is a general interpretation and teaching of Holy Scripture. Please do not take our word as law, read the Word of G-D for yourself, pray, ask for knowledge and G-D our Father will give it to you.)

We continue in Matthew 21 and the fulfillment of the prophecy mentioned by Zechariah in chapter 9. This is an extremely important prophecy as it clearly defines Yeshua (Jesus). It also emphatically discounts the popular 1st century Israel interpretation of the Messiah as someone who would come as a warrior to slaughter the enemy, who would have been the Romans.

Matthew 21

1. And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

2. Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

3. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

4. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5. Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7. And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

8. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

10. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

11. And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee

The prophecy in Zechariah Chapter 9 was fulfilled in Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ.

9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: 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.

This prophecy is one of the most important Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Bible as it describes key features of the Messiah.

  • He is a King
  • He is Just
  • He has Salvation
  • He is Lowly
  • And He appears in Jerusalem riding upon as Ass or Donkey
We can also tie this prophecy to other Messianic prophecies such as Isaiah 53 where it describes the Messiah as being an offering for sin which would in turn provide the world salvation.

Isaiah 53

5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.


10. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

These Messianic prophecies follow a similar pattern of describing the Messiah as someone who would be capable of providing salvation and as someone who is meek and lowly. Isaiah 53 describes how the Messiah would provide salvation and that is through his own blood, a true sacrifice to G-D. Zechariah 9:9 repeats that the Messiah will bring not only an everlasting kingship through the seed of David but would also bring Salvation.

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