Archive for February 12th, 2014

Zechariah 8

Zechariah 8 has the prophet getting a word from the Lord about what is to come.  God is falling in love with His people again.  He is jealous for them.  He has returned to them and will “dwell in the midst of Jerusalem” after scattering them all over the earth because of their sin and disobedience.  But he is calling the remnant that remains back home to “the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord”.  God is going to restore and rebuild the city of old.  And it will again become a place of His glory.

God is going to save His people and bring them to dwell with Him.  “They shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness”.  God is calling His people back to the covenant of old.  And He is going to take up residence with them and become their God once again.  He tells the prophet to encourage the people to be strong, and to get to work on rebuilding the city so all can come together there once again.

God is going to do a great work.  “The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things”.  Quite a change from what has been happening for many years.  God scattered the people and allowed them to be placed in captivity for a very long time. Now He is going to bring them back to the blessing of the covenant he made so many years before.  He says “I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem”.  Things are going to change.

God does have expectations.  He says “These are the things that you shall do:

–       Speak the truth to one another

–       render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace

–       do not devise evil in your hearts against one another

–       love no false oath

for all these things I hate, declares the Lord”.  There is no question what God expects and demands from His people as they come back to prosperity in His presence.  Truth, peace, goodness, love…..God has a set of requirements that He will hold His people to live out.

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