Archive for February 17th, 2014

Zechariah 12

Zechariah 12 has the prophet getting “The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel”.  Sometimes God’s truth can be pretty overwhelming.  The city of Jerusalem will be destroyed and then rebuilt some 70 years later.  “All the nations of the earth will gather against it”.  Certainly sounds a lot like things in the Middle East today doesn’t it.  The Jewish people have had a target on their backs for centuries. And Zechariah has to deliver some tough news, but then some fantastic news.

What changed?  God says He will step in.  “But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness”.  God is our protector and our strength.  He is an ever present help in time of trouble.  And the world was coming against His people, so He gives Zechariah the promise of His protection.  He gives them the answer to how He will step in and deliver them from their enemies.  God is able – more than able – to do as He says.

God is going to fulfill His promise of faithfulness to His people.  “The Lord will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah”.  God is going to restore the glory that was previously experienced by His people.  He will take action and “on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem”.  God is going to protect His people.

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn”.  But it is more than just saving their necks.  Part of this great outpouring of strength and might to defend Jerusalem will be an outpouring of the Spirit for grace and supplication. God will move among Israel and bring saving grace and repentant prayer.  He wants to save His people in multiple ways – physically but also eternally.

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