The king is coming ! (Jn 12:15-12:15)

“Do not be afraid!

Daughter of Zion!

Look!

Your king is coming!

He is sitting

On a donkey’s colt!”

Μὴ φοβοῦ, θυγάτηρ Σιών· ἰδοὺ ὁ Βασιλεύς σου ἔρχεται, καθήμενος ἐπὶ πῶλον ὄνου.

Then John indicated that the prophetic statement was that they, the daughters of Zion (θυγάτηρ Σιών), should not be afraid (Μὴ φοβοῦ) because their king (ἰδοὺ ὁ Βασιλεύς σου) was coming (ἔρχεται) sitting (καθήμενος) on a donkey’s colt (ἐπὶ πῶλον ὄνου).  He would be a peaceful king on a donkey colt, not a warrior king on a horse, just as this was in Zechariah, chapter 9:9-10.  Jesus was the expected Israelite king as the prince of peace.  God wanted Zion to shout and rejoice, because a new king was coming who would be triumphant, victorious, riding on a donkey colt.  They would be reunited in a new kingdom.  This new king would command that peace be among all the nations of the whole world.  Matthew, 21:4, indicated that Jesus said that this activity took place (Τοῦτο δὲ γέγονεν) to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet (ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος).  Although not named, this prophet was Zechariah, chapter 9:9, one of the 12 minor prophets that lived in the 6th century BCE under Persian rule.  This prophet had said to tell the daughter of Zion (Εἴπατε τῇ θυγατρὶ Σιών) to look for their king coming to them (Ἰδοὺ ὁ Βασιλεύς σου ἔρχεταί σοι).  He would be humble, mild, or gentle (πραῢς), but mounted on a donkey (καὶ ἐπιβεβηκὼς ἐπὶ ὄνον) and a colt, that was the foal or son of a donkey (καὶ ἐπὶ πῶλον υἱὸν ὑποζυγίου).  Matthew used this passage to show how Jesus was the expected Israelite king, the prince of peace.  Matthew’s intention was clear.  Jesus was the expected messiah king.  John reinforced this same concept here.  Would you like a king to come and unite your country?

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