Friday, March 7, 2014

Riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey Fulfilled Prophecy

In his gospel, the eye-witness, John, one of Jesus' twelve disciples, connected the prophecy written by the prophet Zechariah of Israel's king riding a donkey to Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem. John wrote:

"Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, 'Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt' " (John 12:14-15).

As a good Jew, the apostle John was very familiar with the Jewish Scriptures—what we now know as the Old Testament of the Bible. So John knew about, and quoted, the words Zechariah had written in his book:

"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" Zechariah 9:9.

Zechariah was a prophet and a priest who lived centuries before Jesus was born. Zechariah was among those who returned from the exile in Babylon to Judah and Israel in 538 B.C. Bible scholars date Zechariah's chapters 9 – 14 as being written sometime after 480 B.C.

The eyewitness John, a close friend and follower of Jesus, recognized that Jesus was fulfilling Zechariah's prophecy when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. (Tweet that!)

Do you know the Bible well enough to recognize prophecy and when it is being fulfilled?

If not, what steps can you start taking today to get to know it better? (Suggested answers: Read it. Pray for understanding. Study it with some friends. Find a Bible-teaching church to become a part of. Visit this blog regularly, because that is the aim of the blog.)

What might you be an eyewitness to today that you believe is a Bible prophecy being fulfilled? Anything? (Tweet that!)

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