Chapter 9 begins a separate section in the book. It was probably written many years after the first 8 chapters. The first part of the chapter contains prophecies against several cities of Syria and Philistia. These prophecies came true during the conquests of Alexander the Great.
The remainder of chapter 9 contains Messianic prophecies.
Does God issue any commands?
- God told the people to rejoice because their King would come to them having salvation and riding on the foal of an ass.
- God told the people to pray for rain upon the land.
Does God make any promises?
- God promised destruction to Tyrus, and fear upon Ashkelon, Gaza, and Ekron.
- God promised illegitimacy to Ashdod and the cutting off of the pride of the Philistines.
- God promised to encamp around His house because of the invading army (verse 8) and defend His people (verses 13-16).
- God promised to cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem.
- God promised to render double to the prisoners of hope that turn to the stronghold.
- God promised to strengthen Judah and save the house of Joseph: He will bring them again to place them. They would greatly increase.
- God promised again to part the sea! Assyria would be brought down and the scepter of Egypt would depart.
Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
- 9: 9 is easily identifiable. It tells of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
- Verses 10, 14-17 of chapter 9 detail what Jesus the Messiah will do in the future.
- 9:11 seems to detail the saving work of the Messiah, the "pit wherein is no water" could be descriptive of hell.
- I believe that Jesus is the stronghold of 9:12. It seems to fit the context of the passage.
Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
- The real triumph of the King over all the powers of the earth is still to come.
- The time when the multitudes from Judah and Ephraim will live peacefully in the land is yet future.