Zechariah Chapter 9

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Zechariah 9

1 The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord.

2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.

3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

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

10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

37 thoughts on “Zechariah Chapter 9

  1. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

    13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

    14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

    The people of God of this day were told to turn to the strong hold, for your hope. They were promised double because they went to the strong hold. We need to always allow The Strong hold, that is put our confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ and allow him to lead us in the way we should go.
    We will have to allow him to be The Lord of our lives and follow where ever and be what ever he wants us to be.
    If we follow God and allow him to lead us we will never fall to our enemies and God will always be in control of our actions. God will protect us from our enemies with the power of God.

  2. Verses 6-8 MSG “I’ll take proud Philistia down a peg: I’ll make him spit out his bloody booty and abandon his vile ways.” What’s left will be all God’s—a core of survivors, a family brought together in Judah—But enemies like Ekron will go the way of the Jebusites, into the dustbin of history. “I will set up camp in my home country and defend it against invaders. Nobody is going to hurt my people ever again. I’m keeping my eye on them.

    Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Keep your eyes on Jesus, he has his eye on you!

    Verses 11-12 CEV “When I made a sacred agreement with you, my people, we sealed it with blood.[h] Now some of you are captives in waterless pits, but I will come to your rescue and offer you hope. Return to your fortress, because today I will reward you with twice what you had.” We are signed, sealed and delivered!

  3. Vs. 9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

    This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Matt.21:4-7 says, “All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.”

  4. I am reminded of the song we sing; Shout!

    Shout with a voice of triumph,
    Shout with a voice of praise.
    Shout with a voice of triumph,
    Shout with a voice of praise.
    Shout unto God for the victory, hey, hey, hey.
    Give the Lord a shout of praise!
    Triumphant in battle, we are victorious,
    God is most high over all the earth.
    Jesus has conquered, Satan’s defeated,
    The enemy is under my feet, so….

    What will we do?

    9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee…”
    Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
    Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

  5. Zion’s Deliverance Zechariah 9: 11-17

    16. And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

    Jeremiah 31:10,11 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
    For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

  6. Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey. -Zechariah 9:9

    I’m so humbled that we worship a humble and victorious God, riding on a stubborn donkey, when he deserves so much more.

  7. 8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

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

    10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

    11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

  8. If God be for us ,who can be against us? Who’s report will you believe, we shall believe the report of The Lord. The battle has already been won. We are overcomers by the words of our testimony. There will be a test for a testimony to take form. Be not deceived ,God is not mocked. Be blessed and know that God is in control.

  9. REJOICE! HELP IS ON THE WAY

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

    A prophesy from the LORD is faith testing, faith building process. The time and chance between the utterance and the fulfillment is often frustrating and often appears lost and hopeless.

    We read here in 9:9 a prophesy from the LORD that the KING is coming. GO ahead and REJOICE greatly. Regardless of our situation or set of circumstances today if we could REJOICE greatly because we KNOW the KING cometh, our journey would be that much greater.

    Choose FAITH and HOPE today. REJOICE because your HELP is on the way. Understand it will be in GOD’s time according to HIS will and our obedience.

    Theologians and Historians believe it to have been over 250 years between Zechariah 9:9 and

    John 12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
    13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
    14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
    15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

    REJOICE! HELP IS ON THE WAY

    THE KING OF GLORY IS COMING

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  10. Blow the trumpets.

    14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

    In the last couple of days there has been a video going through facebook with sounds that have been described as unexplained sounds. Some say that it is trumpets, some that it is atmospheric pressure, others that it is aliens. My daughter looked at me sweetly and said “it is new angels practicing their trumpet sound”. We all see them, we all recognize them, the signs of our coming King. Today, more than ever we must go about our Father’s business. Always ready for the signs, miracles, and wonders. The Lord is GOOD.

  11. 9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt. (NLT)

    If God is humbled enough to ride a donkey and we know that He deserves so much more, we should be that much more humbled in His presence and to do the works He has ordered us. Rejoice in The Lord!!

  12. 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

    Rejoice, the king is coming! Salvation is near! Just as this prophecy has been fulfilled so will the prophecy of Jesus second coming. Time may pass but we can be sure the word of God is unfailing. Cling to the rock! Be strong and of good courage. We have to endure to the end. It may be rough right now but it will be worth it in the end!

    Romans 8:18
    18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

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

    In this chapter , we can imagine the thoughts and emotions that were going through the Jewish nation’s mind, when Jesus rode through the city on the donkey. They were expecting the fulfillment of the rest of the prophecy as well. The part that prophesied the destruction of the surrounding nations and also the destruction of the Roman occupation.

    13 “When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.”

    They were expecting Jesus to pick up the sword and become their great military leader to lead them as “The Son of David.” (The Jewish people knew the scriptures and they knew when Jesus rode to Jerusalem on the donkey that he was fulfilling this verse in Zachariah). They fully expected Jesus to fulfill the rest of Zechariah so much so, that Peter grabbed the sword and cut off a man’s ear.

    Jesus surprised everyone however, when he refused to fight…He was arrested and put into jail.

    Have you ever wondered why the people at Jesus’ trial chose to release Barabbas instead of him? The answer is (in their minds) Jesus really let everyone down. They believed in him, they trusted him, and they worshiped him. (Matthew 21:8-9 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. (9) And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.)

    Once they were let down, pride and anger replaced their love and affection. They would rather let one go free who had at least tried to fight than the one they thought to be a coward. Matthew 27:16, Barabbas was called a “notorious prisoner.” In Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19, and John 18:40, Barabbas was “among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection,” a revolutionary against the occupying Roman forces.

    A great lesson to learn in today’s blog is to not judge others by your own expectations. Jesus completely fulfilled the scriptures even if it seemed like at the time that he was a fraud.

  14. NLT – 9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
    See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious,
    lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
    10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.
    He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea
    and from the River[b] to the ends of the earth.
    11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
    12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
    13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim.
    I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.

    This chapter makes me appreciate the opportunity I had to be covered by the blood of Jesus and take the blood covenant upon my life, giving me the promise of the coming Messiah and the hope of everlasting life in His presence.

  15. 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

  16. 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

    Hell is described as a place with no water. The fire doesn’t stop and death has escaped. It was created for the devil and his angels.

    Thank God that we do not have to go to this pit! The blood of Jesus, the new covenant, cleanses us from all sin!

  17. The Coming of the king 9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zi’-on; shout, O daughter of Je-ru’-sa-lem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10. And I will cut off the chariot from E’-phra-im, and the horse from Je-ru’-sa-lem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. Ps. 72:8 Mic. 5:10 KJV

  18. Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. (Zechariah 9:9 NLT)

    Rejoice in The Lord always!

  19. 16. On that day the Lord their God will rescue his people, just as a shepherd rescues his sheep. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. NLT

    John 10:11,14 KJV
    11. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
    14. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep , and am known of mine.

  20. On that day the Lord their God will rescue his people, just as a shepherd rescues his sheep. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How wonderful and beautiful they will be! The young men will thrive on abundant grain, and the young women will flourish on new wine. (Zechariah 9:16, 17 NLT)

    Thankful for a Good Shepherd. A shepherd that is selfless and sacrifices. He does it out of love and not neediness. He’s a good shepherd and He is My Shepherd! 

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, (John 10:11-14 NLT)

  21. Zechariah 9:12 NLT
    Come back to the place of safety,all you prisoners who still have hope!I promise this very daythat I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.

    My redeemer and my help.
    Who can protect you like the Lord does? We see here the rescue of the Lord for His people. The revenge is here. He will defeat all my enemies. He will deliver me out of all my troubles. We are told to rejoice for the King is coming for in our aide. Shout with a voice of triumph. We must know that it is only in Him that we find our protection and care. In psalms we find how God is our hiding place.
    Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

    And He, the Lord shall instruct our path of life. We can always be sure to find the path to life in Him.

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

    I find this chapter so encouraging to keep faith up and keep pressing on and believing on the promises of God.
    For I know that He is the one that protects me and is my help. As I obey and follow. He will lead me to life everlasting. The King is coming.. I can’t wait to see the king!

  22. Although the passages speak of the Messiah as One who will deliver Gods people specific prophecies focus on Christs first coming. Among the are

    1-His apperance in Jerusalem riding a donkeys foal
    this passage emphasize peave and humility
    2 His rejection by his peopleand his brtrayal are predicted.

  23. Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. Because of the covenant I made with you, sealed with blood, I will free your prisoners from death in a waterless dungeon. Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. Judah is my bow, and Israel is my arrow. Jerusalem is my sword, and like a warrior, I will brandish it against the Greeks. The Lord will appear above his people; his arrows will fly like lightning! The Sovereign Lord will sound the ram’s horn and attack like a whirlwind from the southern desert. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will protect his people, and they will defeat their enemies by hurling great stones. They will shout in battle as though drunk with wine. They will be filled with blood like a bowl, drenched with blood like the corners of the altar. On that day the Lord their God will rescue his people, just as a shepherd rescues his sheep. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How wonderful and beautiful they will be! The young men will thrive on abundant grain, and the young women will flourish on new wine. (Zechariah 9:9, 11-17 NLT)

    SHOUT with a Voice of TRIUMPH!!!!

  24. Vs. 9, depicts a scripture that some call Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem upon a colt. I’m not a Catholic anymore, but it’s in the word in both Old and New Testament.

    Rejoice, for our KING is coming back again very soon.

    “Get Ready”…………….

  25. 8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

    God knows his people and will guard them from all sides from the oppressor. He encamps about those that fear (have healthy respect for) him.

    16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
    17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

    He has a plan for us to prosper & be in good health…even as our souls prosper.

  26. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, again I say rejoice.

    It’s always good to have a Word to stand on and a song of praise on your lips.

  27. 15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

    God’s hand of protection will be around his people. No need for us to fear as long as God has got you covered. Thank you Jesus for your protection.

  28. 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

    His name is JESUS!!

  29. 14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

    15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

    16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

    17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
    Here come God to save the day!!

    In these verses we see God coming through again for his people. God is defending his people and devouring the enemy! It reminds me of the scripture Pastor read at bible study tonight “You will not have to fight this battle stand still and know that I am God!!”

  30. The Bible is the only book to dare to predict the future

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

    Fulfilled in John 12

    I run into agnostics and atheists quite often. When the topic of God comes up, I suggest they study Biblical prophecy. It is their job to convince me that God exists, not my job to convince them. That is my rebuttal to people who lack faith.

  31. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto
    thee;

    God is taking care of his people. He will bless and protect us. Lord thank you for your love and mercy.

  32. 14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

    15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

    16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

  33. From Trigger Points To Pressure Points

    8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

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

    10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

    11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

    12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

    Trying times come and life can feel very oppressive but God is greater than anything we will face. I am reminded of something called “trigger points” in the human body, perhaps better know as muscle knots. Some definition and explanation: “Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in tautbands of muscle fibers; pain radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself, sometimes caused by direct stimulation to the trigger point but also frequently without explanation.”

    In short, trigger points are places of sensitivity that hurt more than they should when touched and can cause unexplained pain elsewhere in our body. Does that not sound like life sometimes? Something gets “touched” and it just sets you off for no apparent reason, or you react much more strongly than you thought you would…

    But there is another Point of interest that the Lord brings into play: Pressure Points.

    Pressure points: a point on the surface of the body sensitive to pressure, a place on your body that can be pressed to stop tension or pain. There are a variety of applications and differing opinions on pressure points but it all seems to boil down to particularly sensitive places where one can tap into the responses of the body’s nervous system. The human body can be powerful in the way God designed it and “wiring” of the nervous system is one way to unlock some pretty strong responses, including relieving muscle tension and pain.

    When we encounter those places of oppression that seem to hit particularly hard on Trigger Points, we can surrender them in faith to God that He would transform them into Pressure Points that bring healing and drive us to wholeness in Him. It’s in difficulty that the flesh is given opportunity to be driven back and we can encounter God on a new level if we will let Him work as He desires.

    Romans 8:28
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Jeremiah 29:11-13
    11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

    13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

  34. Prisoners of Hope

    Zec 9: 11 “As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;”

    The Holy Land is spotted with cisterns to save rainy-season water for use in dry months. They are generally lined with stone sealed with plaster and covered. Many have stairs winding down to the bottom to retrieve water. Ocassionally a dry muddy cistern confines a prisoner. Joseph was held captive by his jealous brothers in a cistern (Ge 37:24), and Jeremiah was held prisioner in a muddy cistern (Jer 38:6). The Lord promises his people deliverance from such prisoners. As “prisoners of hope” (vs12), they are to return to God, their true and eternal fortress. God calls his people to be hopeful, confident of their Lord’s final victory. He even now draws us out of the cistern prisons that confine us -mentally, spiritually, physically, materially- and calls us instead to be prisoners of hope.

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