The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #868: Zechariah 9:1 with Daniel Whyte III

This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #868 where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Zechariah 9:1.

1 The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord.


That was Zechariah 9:1. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

The final division of the book consists of two oracles that look forward to the messianic King and kingdom. Chapters 9–11 refer (for the most part) to the First Advent of Christ, stressing the theme of His rejection but also outlining Israel’s prophetic history to the end times. Chapters 12–14 focus on Messiah’s Second Advent and emphasize His enthronement as the commencement of the grand finale of Israel’s history. These two oracles contain numerous passages which are counterparts to major themes of the eight visions, thus giving testimony to the unity of the entire Book of Zechariah. The future prosperity of Israel and Jerusalem (first vision, 1:7–17) parallels 10:6–9 (in the first oracle) and 12:6–8 and 14:11 (in the second oracle). The destruction of the nations (second vision, 1:18–21) is reaffirmed in 9:1–8 (first oracle) and in 12:1–6 and 14:1–3 (second oracle). The divine protection and exaltation of Jerusalem (third vision, chap. 2) are further developed in 9:9–17 (first oracle) and in 12:7–9 and 14:4–11 (second oracle). The spiritual cleansing of Israel (fourth vision, chap. 3) is clarified in 10:2–3 (first oracle) and in 12:10–14 and 14:8 (second oracle). The divine enablement of Israel (fifth vision, chap. 4) is explained in 10:1–6 (first oracle) and in 13:1–6 (second oracle). Divine judgment on sinners (sixth vision, 5:1–4) is elaborated in chapter 11 (first oracle) and in 13:7–9 and 14:12–15 (second oracle). The removal of iniquity from the land of Israel (seventh vision, 5:5–11) results in a condition of holiness in Jerusalem and Judah (14:20–21, second oracle). God’s judgment on and rule of the whole world (eighth vision, 6:1–8) are reflected in 14:16–19 (second oracle). The NIV regards the term “An oracle” (“burden,” kjv) as a heading separated from verse 1, which begins with, “the word of the Lord”. The Hebrew word maśśā’ (“oracle”) is derived from the verb nāśā’ which has two meanings—“to bear” and “to lift up.” Though some translations and scholars have understood the word maśśā’ to mean “burden,” an ominous message of judgment which was borne by the prophetic messenger, the word is more likely based on the other nuance of the verb—“to lift up (the voice)”. The noun is used this way (“oracle”, not “burden”) in Numbers 23:7; 24:3, 15–16. So the noun in Zechariah 9:1 and 12:1 should be translated “oracle”—what is lifted up (by the voice), whether a threat or a promise. In this context in Zechariah the two oracles are primarily promises of salvation. Most conservative commentators regard 9:1–8 as a prophecy of the conquests of Alexander the Great throughout the area of Palestine after the battle of Issus in 333 b.c. Zechariah, living in the days of the Medo-Persian Empire, predicted the coming Grecian Empire, the Roman Empire, and Israel’s future in the last days.

Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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