Archive for May 2nd, 2017

Zechariah 12

Zechariah 12 has the prophet reminding us that God is the One “who stretched out the heavens and  founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him”.  God is in control, complete and absolute, yesterday, today and forever.  He is completely able to accomplish what He predicts and prophecies.  Jerusalem will be a cup of drunkenness to all her surrounding peoples as well as a heavy stone – a burden – for all peoples, presenting a problem that cannot be solved.  God has prophesied the tension we are experiencing there today.  And in the end, He will control the ultimate outcome.

Zechariah uses the words “on that day” six times in this chapter.  That ‘day’ will be the day God puts in motion His outcome. “On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God”.  There will be war and while King David was renowned for his fighting ability, courage, and success, God promises a day when the weakest in Jerusalem will be as mighty as David – and the leaders can only be compared in might to God!  God’s plan will come to fruition and Jerusalem shall be His place again.

God will move among Israel and bring saving grace and repentant prayer.  “I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy”. As Jerusalem is supernaturally defended and the Spirit is poured out on the nation, they will turn to Jesus, the pierced One. His head was pierced with thorns, His hands and feet were pierced with nails, and a spear pierced His side.  Zechariah describes the pouring out 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”.

God is going to open their eyes.  They will realize that they did it, and that they bear responsibility – not sole responsibility, but responsibility nonetheless – for the crucifixion of their Savior.  Each of us as sinners are actually at fault for Christ’s crucifixion.  He went to the Cross for your sin and mine.  But this will be a real eye opener for God’s people, who haven’t felt responsible for Jesus’ death.  Those scales will drop off and they will see clearly that they took the Savior and hanged Him on the Cross.

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