Zechariah 9 has the prophet receiving a heavy word from the Lord. “The burden of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach and Damascus is its resting place”. Zechariah sets up the picture of the judgment that is to come. Most see this burden against the land of Hadrach as fulfilled by the armies of Alexander the Great when he conquered this region. Delivering God’s truth is often not easy, and can even feel like a burden. But His truth never changes and we need to give it to people straight as God gives it to us. Sugar coating not required – just a dose of truth.
Tyre attempted to make itself strong and immune to the attacks of others. “Tyre has built herself a rampart and heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets. But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down her power on the sea, and she shall be devoured by fire”. Tyre was one of two major cities north of Israel, in the land of Lebanon. Tyre was an important commercial city that was thought of as impossible to conquer, but Alexander did it in seven months.
Zechariah prophecies of many changes that were to come, but he gives assurance that Jerusalem will be spared. “Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes”. When Alexander the Great marched through Lebanon and the Promised Land towards Egypt he did not conquer or attack Jerusalem. God promised to protect and spare His house during this time, and He did through a remarkable chain of events.
Zechariah tells us of the coming Savior and King – Jesus Christ. “Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”. We’re told to rejoice and shout and celebrate the coming King. God has had a plan for our redemption for a very long time. His name is Jesus. He alone can deal with the sin problem we have in our lives. God is faithful and He will restore us to Himself. What a blessing. What a glorious and loving God. “For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty”!