Zechariah 12 Mourning For The One Pierced.

The prophet received another ‘burden’ concerning Israel. Heaven and earth are witnesses in line with the Creator (v. 1 Cf. Nu. 16:22; Eccl. 12:7; Is. 42:5; 44:24; 57:16; Heb. 12:9). The nations would be like drunks who would find Israel a burden too heavy to bear (vv. 2-3 Cf. Is. 51:17; Mt. 21:44). The LORD would strike Judah’s enemies with blindness and their horses with confusion, because the LORD would look upon His people (v. 4 Cf. Ps. 76:6; Ezek. 38:4). The governors of Judah would then trust in their people, who would be strengthened by the LORD, and they would devour their enemies, and Jerusalem would be inhabited once again (vv. 5-6 Cf. 11:1; Is. 10:17-18; Ob. 18).

The building of God’s house would only come through the LORD reviving His people (v. 7), but with the building and securing of His house and city, the LORD, through His Angel, and through His covenant people, would defeat His and their enemies (vv. 8-9 Cf. Hag. 2:22). Their hope was in the coming Angel. The time would be known by the LORD pouring out “the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on the One whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn” (v. 10 Cf. Jer. 6:26; 31:9; 50:4; Ezek. 39:29; Amos 8:10; Joel 2:28-29; Jn. 19:34-37; 20:27; Rev. 1:7). Everyone will mourn alone (vv. 11-14 Cf. Mt. 24:30).

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