Zechariah 10: Meeting the Criteria
In Zechariah 10, we have more Messianic prophecy. In the beginning, God is talking about how the shepherds who were put in charge of overseeing the flock of Israel had been doing a bad job. As a result, there was going to come one who was much better.
Zec 10:3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
Zec 10:4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
Zec 10:5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
There are a few interesting things. God has made Judah a strong force in battle, but out of Judah is going to come someone interesting. Jesus Christ is certainly the chief cornerstone. This word for nail also means a peg or is translated in the ESV as a tent peg. It makes me think of an anchor who will hold on tightly. The battle bow reminds me of someone who is coming to war and who is going to bring a sword as well. Oppressor is a word with different connotations today, but the original word according to Strong’s Numbers is from a primitive root meaning to drive. The ESV translates it as ruler, and the commentary of John Gill agrees with the oppressor translation, but he believes it has a positive connotation as shown in Isaiah 60:17. I would agree with that given the context of the verse.
This is very indicative. It seems like a tall order. First of all, the Messiah had to be from the tribe of Judah, and the Messiah would have to exhibit all of these characteristics. When you combine that with the variety of other prophecies that point to the Messiah from around the Bible, it makes a pretty strong cumulative case that the simple fact that Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies is powerful. The odds are against it, but Jesus seems to have done it.