This Sunday is Palm Sunday, so I thought it would be good to focus our thoughts on a very significant Bible prophecy found in Zechariah 9. May this Bible Study be a blessing to all of my readers during the course of the entire Easter season.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just, and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech. 9:9)
Bible prophecy is amazing, isn’t it? This Old Testament prophecy in Zech. 9:9 defies all odds for its accuracy in the following ways:
First, it was written in 520 B.C., about 550 years before it was fulfilled one Sunday in the life of Christ.
Second, no king ever was known for riding on a donkey. That would be far too humiliating for such a royal figure. Kings historically were pictured as entering on a white horse.
Third, it was the foal of a donkey—a colt. The animal had never been “broken”, thus not tame enough for any rider. The fact that Zechariah got all of these details right is not because of a “lucky guess” or some kind of rare coincidence. It is a prime example of Divine inspiration of Scripture. Only God could produce such a prophecy as this.
We sometimes wonder what the human writers must have felt as they penned such amazingly extraordinary words. Did they shake their heads in disbelief? Did they say to themselves, "How could this possibly ever happen”? Did they receive a vision from God that actually showed the ultimate fulfillment of their prophecies? These are questions we won’t be able to answer until we get to heaven and more fully comprehend the glorious mystery of the verbal inspiration of the Word of God.
We know for sure that Zechariah’s prophecy was fulfilled on Palm Sunday, because the Bible says so. “All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey—a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Matt. 21:4)
Matthew’s account emphasizes the fulfillment of prophecy. Luke’s gospel emphasizes the fact that the colt had never been ridden before. (Luke 19:30) John’s gospel emphasizes the truth that the disciples did not understand the significance of this great prophecy being fulfilled until it was all over. “Then they remembered.” (John 12:16) Better late than never, I guess.
Think about it. Jesus knew right where the donkey and her colt were tied. He knew all the details of the conversation with the owner that would take place when they tried to untie it. He knew He could ride an untamed animal because He was the Prince of Peace. He brought calm to the waves of the sea. He brought calm to the demoniac of Gadara. He brought calm to a young colt. All things are under His control. Palm Sunday was that one day in His whole life when He received the praise and the glory due unto His name.