from Zechariah 12 (NIV)
Jerusalem’s Enemies to Be Destroyed
For Holy Week we are looking at prophecies of the Messiah’s suffering and death that appear in the Old Testament.
1A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.
All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the LORD. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.’
6 “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.
7 “The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
Mourning for the One They Pierced
John 1:14 (NIV)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
from Wesley’s Explanatory Notes:
I will pour — This was fulfilled on Christ’s exaltation, when he sent the Comforter to his disciples, it is daily performed to the children of God, and will be continually, ’till we are brought to be with Christ for ever.
The house of David — The whole family of Christ, his house who was the seed of David, and who is called David, Ezekiel 37:24.
The spirit of grace — Which is fountain of all graces in us.
Pierced — Every one of us by our sins pierced him, and many of the Jews literally.
Mourn — They shall literally lament the crucifying of the Lord Jesus.
In bitterness — True repentance will bitterly lament the sins which brought sorrows and shame upon our Lord.
Fine Lenten Hymn for today: HERE is Guy Penrod and “The Old Rugged Cross.”