Thursday Zechariah 9:9-12

Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, give me eyes to see and ears to hear your Word. In your
name. Amen.

Don’t look at the car

See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly
and riding on a donkey, (v. 9)

“Don’t look at the car; my real treasure is in heaven.”  Read the bumper sticker.  I read from this that it matters little what kind of car we drive, because the real reward is based upon God’s grace.  Our devotion writer seemed to give the owner of the car a negative judgment because the car was an expensive car.  The bumper sticker could have easily been on a cheap car.  Would the judgment be the same?

I think the relative judgment either way is inappropriate.  However, the point our writer is making is painting a picture of today’s text which prophecies the King of the Jews riding into His Glory on the back of a donkey, rather than a mighty horse.  He was indeed still recognized as a king, but the expectation was that He would throw off the yoke of oppression by Rome.  Not the kingdom He came to set up.  People were disappointed.  They wanted a nicer car in the here and now and did not understand the promise of eternal life.

Our writer ends; “As the week of Jesus’ triumphal entrance unfolded, God revealed
exatly the kind of heavenly treasure that is ours because of our king, Christ
Jesus.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, help us to discern true heavenly treasures from the false ones and
to honor your royal reign in our lives. Amen.”

Zechariah 9:9-12

New International Version (NIV)

The Coming of Zion’s King

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 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 t

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One Response to Thursday Zechariah 9:9-12

  1. Judith Holley says:

    Yes, I also take exception to the writer’s spin on that person’s intent. To me, the bumper sticker is saying, “Don’t measure my worldly possessions. I know my true reward lies in heaven.” I think anyone who has that bumper sticker fully understands where their true treasure resides — and they’re asking others to come to the same understanding. God does not begrudge people fine things, so why should we? There are no demerits for driving a 2011 Cadillac instead of a 1991 VW Bug. The Caddie owner could be the most generous man in the county, supporting half a dozen charities, while the Bug owner could be a selfish wife-beater. Worldly goods don’t tell who we are. Jesus could as easily have had a sign on that donkey, stating, “Don’t look at my miracles. Your reward is in heaven.”

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