Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent – March 23, 2015

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he”
– Zechariah 9:9

One after another, the kings of Israel and Judah had failed to live up to the expectations of both God and His people. There were 41 kings, and one queen, who ruled over the people for a period of approximately 464 years.

The story of how and why the Israelites were ruled by kings is told in 1 Samuel. Even when God warned them it would not end well, they refused to listen. Samuel could not have made it any clearer: “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”(1 Sam. 8:18)

These kings and the people over whom they ruled had something in common with each other and with you; they turned aside from the word of the Lord. Therefore they had something else in common with you, the need for a savior. Zechariah foretells the coming of this savior. He is the King who comes “righteous and having salvation.”

Martin Luther’s magnificent hymn, “Dear Christians, One And All, Rejoice” (LSB 586), tells the story of what makes this king so different. He rehearses the sinful condition of all humanity. But God in His mercy sends forth a king, His beloved Son. This king will serve God’s people in faithfulness and righteousness forever.

Prayer: Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice, with exultation springing, and with united heart and voice and holy rapture singing, proclaim the wonders God has done, how His right arm the vict’ry won; what price our ransom cost Him! (From “Dear Christians, One And All, Rejoice” LSB 586:1)

 

This devotion was written by Rev. Michael Knox, pastor of Our Redeemer in Cedar Falls, IA, Christ Lutheran in Waterloo Iowa, and Peace Lutheran in Shell Rock, IA.

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