7.66 Zechariah -- the Ruler from Judah

Zech 9-11 constitute a single prophetic message.   There is no continuity with the blessing of the previous chapter.  The oracle begins by announcing judgment and destruction for Israel’s enemies (Zech 9:1-8), consuming Syria, Tyre and Sidon, and the cities of the Philistines.

  

          "Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch" (Zech 9:8).

The next verses describe the coming of the Messianic King:

         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 (Zech 9:9).

          This Scripture is applied to Jesus in the Gospel accounts of Palm Sunday (Mat 21:5John 12:15).  He will reign as king over the earth:

          He will proclaim peace to the nations.
          His rule will extend from sea to sea
                and from the River to the ends of the earth (Zech 9:10).

Chapter 10 expresses God's anger against the leaders of Judah.  This obviously does not refer to the same time period as the earlier part of the book, in which God blessed the leaders Joshua and Zerubbabel.  Instead of their current shepherds,

           From Judah will come the cornerstone,
                from him the tent peg,
                from him the battle bow,
                from him every ruler (Zech 10:4).