The Twelves Days of Christmas (Day 9)

12 days of Christmas

(Day 9)  12/21/2013  Early that morning Joseph woke Mary up with a cup of coffee, she was alarmed, that Joseph was home. Only the worst thoughts entered Her mind, she put on her robe and went into the living room, she could no longer tie her robe, it dangled around her belly. On the way to the living room she kept asking herself isn’t this Saturday? Joseph had been on overtime and was working a lot of Saturdays.  Shouldn’t  Joe be at work? Was He laid off ? Her questions were finally answered, the wood shop was having to lay-off the night shift, but Joseph had enough seniority to keep His job. They were given Saturday before Christmas off.  They were sorry that some were losing their jobs, they Praised God that Joseph has a job. Joseph told Mary the wood shop was placing those who would be laid off into a work program at Monroe shocks in Paragould, AR.      “Zechariah  9:9″ (To be continued)

Zechariah  9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King is come unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

This verse is prophetic, it’s not addressing the inhabitants of  Jerusalem, but rather the New Testament Church, the church of God, and true believers in Christ, who “are called”  to “rejoice” and “shout”: not merely in an external way, but by showing the marks of outward joy, but in a spiritual manner, have we not  good reason ? “As follows”:

Behold, your King comes unto you; He does not say “a king,” but “‘your’ king;”  the long-promised, the long-expected; He who, when they had kings of their own, given them by God, had been promised as “the” king ; “the righteous Ruler among men” Christ upon His birth, was presented with royalty due a King.  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11) Although being born as Man and yet fully God, and King Herod was not about to share His kingdom, Herod kingdom was earthly,  Christ kingdom was not of this world.

He is just and having salvation; I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me. (John 5:30) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)  For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit  (1 Peter 3:18) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) The word of God can tell it better than I can. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Lowly and riding on an ass; Kings of the earth ride in splendor. The days were long since gone, when the sons of the judges rode on asses. The burial of an ass became a proverb for a disgraced end (Jeremiah 22:19). There is no instance in which a king rode on an ass, save He whose kingdom was not of this world. The prophecy, then, was formed to prepare the Jews to expect a prophet-king, not a king of this world. Their eyes were fixed on this passage. In the Talmud, in their traditional interpretations, and in their mystical books, they dwelt on these words. The mention of the ass, elsewhere, seemed to them typical of this ass, on which their Messiah should ride. “If a man in a dream sees an ass,” says the Talmud, “he shall see salvation.” It is an instance of prophecy which, humanly speaking, a false Messiah could have fulfilled, but which, from its nature, none would fulfill, save the True one. For “their” minds were set on earthly glory and worldly greatness: it would have been inconsistent with the claims of one, whose kingdom was of this world. It sounds a lot like today, our minds are on earthly glory and worldly greatness.

It belonged to the character of Him, who was buffeted, mocked, scourged, spit upon, crucified, died for us, and rose again. It was the divine humiliation that Christ was born for, which was the purpose of God. Was to be compensated by divine power. The Holy Spirit prophesied it, Jesus fulfilled it, to show the Jews, of what nature His kingdom was. Hence, the challenge; , “Let us look at the prophecy, that in words, and that in act. What is the prophecy? “Lo, the king comes to you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, ” not driving chariots as other kings, not in pomp nor attended by guards, but showing all gentleness. Ask the Jew then, What king, riding on an ass, came to Jerusalem? He could name none, save this One alone.” Jesus our King, our Lord, our Salvation.

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