Zechariah – Chapter 12

The Salvation of Judah

Verse 1 – The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:

Verse 2 – “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

Verse 3 – “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

This passage may very well refer to the last great battle, where all nations are gathered together to destroy Jerusalem – Armageddon. They will not prevail against God’s people.

Verse 4 – “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Verse 5 – “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the LORD of hosts, their God.’

Verse 6 – “In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a fire-pan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place – Jerusalem.

Verse 7 – “The LORD will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.

A spirit of pride had brought God’s judgment to Jerusalem. God says this time, the countryside of Judah would have priority over Jerusalem so that the people of Jerusalem would not become proud again. Don’t let pride blind you to what God is doing.

Verse 8 – “In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them.

Jerusalem will be strengthened against her foe. To the Jew, David is the type of strength and glory on earth. The Angel of the LORD is strength and glory in all of heaven.

Verse 9 – “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

And this will surely happen just as the Lord says it will. All the nations that come against Israel have been warned for thousands of years that Israel belongs to God. So why would they even attempt to destroy her? Because, they don’t know God, they have no idea what He’s done in the past to Israel’s enemies, and they serve other gods. Those who don’t read or know what God has already written, will be blindsided when He strikes!

Verse 10 – “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplications; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

There is coming a day, when all those who didn’t and still haven’t recognized Christ as the Son of God, will be convicted by His Spirit, and know that Jesus is the Christ and is the Messiah. Then they will grieve in their hearts because they refused to believe.

Verse 11 – “In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

Hadad Rimmon could refer to the plain of Megiddo where King Josiah was killed. The death of this king was greatly mourned by his people.

Verse 12 – “And the land shall mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves, the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;

A universal and an individual mourning at once. Nathan, younger son of David, representing the highest and lowest of the royal order.

Verse 13 – “the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;

Verse 14 – “all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Shimei, the highest and lowest of priestly order coming to the knowledge of Christ, will make a person truly repent with great sorrow. Its coming to the realization that we’ve lived in rebellion and confusion up to that point of recognition.

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