The Coming of Zion’s King (Zechariah 9:9 – 13)

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Zechariah 9:9 – 13

1. What would be the three top qualities would you look for in a leader?

  • vision?
  • integrity?
  • service record?
  • looks?
  • promises made?

2. What qualities will Zion’s King possess? Describe the scene at his coming? How will the people respond? Why the donkey (verse 9) instead of the war-horse (verse 10)?

3. On what basis will restoration be given to prisoners or exiles?

4. Describe the King’s advent in your life.

5. God’s intention for exiles and prisoners is peace. How have you experienced that wholeness, health and harmony in your life?

6. What projects or actions have you taken to promote peace within your home, church or community?

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Judgment on Israel’s Enemies (Zechariah 9:1 – 8)

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There is no indication at all as to when the final prophecies of Zechariah are either received or recorded. It is not likely that they would have come later than about 460 BC. Since the historical record is otherwise virtually silent for about 35 years, we will present and study Zechariah’s last (and futuristic) prophecies over the next couple of weeks.

Zechariah 9:1 – 8

1. What have you lost that you once took great pride in?

  • academic standing?
  • vehicle?
  • home/residence?
  • houseful of kids?
  • athletic ability?
  • nest egg/retirement money?
  • other?

2. How did it feel to be without your claim to fun, fame or fortune? How did you deal with your loss?

3. What fate does Zechariah envision for Syria, Phoenicia and Philistia (verses 3 – 6)? What have they done to deserve this fate?

4. Are Syria, Phoenicia and Philistia the real targets of this prophecy? What about Jerusalem (verse 9)?

5. Who is being destroyed and who is being preserved? For what purpose?

6. In history (about 333 BC) God used Alexander the Great to deal convincingly with those who opposed his will. Thus was this oracle fulfilled? What lessons does that teach you about God’s love and holiness? About the authority of God’s word spoken through prophets?

7. Are you doing any of the things targeted in this oracle for judgment? Hoarding wealth? Victimizing others? Trusting in your own strength? How has God dealt with you in this area?

8. Unlike the Syrians, Phoenicians, and Philistines or the Jebusites, what can you legitimately take pride in that is of eternal value, knowing that it will never be taken away?

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Praise the LORD. (Psalm 149)

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Psalm 149

Questions:

1. Do you like to dance? What kind of dance? Or do you prefer to watch others do it?

2. What four activities are done to praise God (verses 1 – 3)? What is God doing to praise the people (verse 4)?

3. What is meant by singing for joy “on their beds” (verse 5; see also Psalm 63:6)? In a land with few private bedrooms, wouldn’t this be a nuisance?

4. What’s the flip-side of this kingdom of joy (verses 6 – 9)? Why vengeance? How is this type of activity “the glory” of all saints?

5. In your church’s worship, can you see God joining in with delight or spontaneity or nodding off in boredom? How about you? What kind of celebration does God delight in?

6. What “double-edged sword” do you wield against the “kings” of this world? Are you binding the evil in the world or are you bound yourself?

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