maranatha: firm, Day 11

Standard

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding upon a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zech 9.9 (AMP)

My favorite part of this verse can be summed up in just one word: uncompromising (three cheers for the Amplified Bible!) Jesus decided to look traditional standards in the face and do something completely different: a king enters his own city in a triumphant procession on a barely broken colt. He maintained this same adamancy throughout that last week in Jerusalem, the only constant in a sea of change. He preached the same truth, spoke with the same voice, loved and served in the same heart, but the people, His people, compromised. They listened to the sound of double-sided leaders, and were too easily led astray.

The Lord revealed this idea of an unchanging, righteous standard to Amos: “Behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in his hand. The Lord said to me, ‘What do you see, Amos?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of my people, Israel.” (Amos 7.7-8) Jesus is the unchanging standard, our uncompromising righteousness. The Holy One of Israel.

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