(17 verses, 3:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The LORD comforts His people with the promise of deliverance and salvation.
This chapter has three major divisions.
- 9:1-8, The Lord will destroy Tyre in defense of Israel.
- 9:9-13, The promise of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
- 9:14-17, The Lord will be the hero of His people, and rescue them from all their trouble.
- The heart of this chapter is the promise of the Triumphal Entry, and especially the description of the Messiah as “humble and mounted on a donkey” (9:9).
- It is stunning, in 9:12, to see the people of Israel described as “prisoners of hope.” They have been assaulted by all sorts of enemies, but the Lord has not forsaken or forgotten them.
- The Lord is always the protector of His people. Israel is always tempted to look to the other nations for help and aid, but the Lord says, “No, I will be your helper, your savior, your defense and deliverer.” This chapter is particularly helpful because it sets to pictures together. On the one hand, we see the Lord as the strong soldier marching out to defend His people. On the other hand, we see Jesus, riding into Jerusalem in humility on a donkey. This Jesus, in His weakness, is God in His strength, protecting and keeping His people.