“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” NKJV.
It’s been a while since we’ve been in Zechariah. As we pick up the thread of our thoughts about that book, perhaps a brief overview of what it says will help us find our place.
I. The Disclosure of God‘s Purpose, chs. 1-8.
A. First Message, 1:1-6: A Call to Heed God’s Word.
In vs. 4, 6, we are given His purpose and promise.
B. Second Message, 1:7-6:15: A Call to Hold onto God’s Word.
In these verses,there is a series of eight visions which emphasize His power and performance. A promise is no good if it isn’t or can’t be kept. These visions emphasize God’s relationship to events involving Israel, in particular the events surrounding the final restoration of Jerusalem.
C. Third Message, 7:1-8:23: A Call to Hope because of God’s Word.
This message deals with God’s prospective relationship not only to Israel, but to the nations of the world in general.
II. The Development of God’s Purpose, vs. 9-14.
This part of Zechariah roughly corresponds with the development of Revelation, ch. 4 onward. With Daniel and Revelation, Zechariah is an important witness to the future. Zechariah 14 in particular gives a “nutshell view” of “the day of the Lord”.
As we begin to consider our text, we note that the Lord told Israel to sing and rejoice. So far in her history, she’s had very little to sing about. Even in the days of David and Solomon, perhaps the height of her time so far on this earth, there were still things that brought trouble. That’s pretty much a one-word description of her history: “trouble”.
She never understood her blessings. She never understood the judgments she suffered because of her idolatry.
She still doesn’t.
One day, she will.
Even though, since 1948, she’s once again been a nation, there remains constant friction between her and her neighbors. Isaac and Ishmael are still at it. Under our former president, there might have been some lessening of Middle East tensions, but there is coming a time when they will again flare up.
Indeed, trouble may flare up more than once. But one of these times, it will be the last time.
The reason Israel is told to “sing and rejoice” is that, one day the Lord promises, He will dwell in her midst and she will know Him, vs. 10, 11. Again, there is the indication of two “LORDS,” as we mentioned earlier. And, though He doesn’t put it like this, Jerusalem will once again be the center of His attention, v. 12. She will finally understand His dealings with her.
The rest of the book has much to say about this. Lord willing, it’s our intent to look at them in our next studies.
For now, though, there is a lot of trouble all over this world. The coronavirus has wreaked havoc and death on economies and lives everywhere. Though it’s said to be lessening, there’s still trouble all around.
At least in this country, but, I suspect, all over, one of the reasons for our difficulties is that we’ve turned our back on God. True, our Founding Fathers put the anti-establishment clause in our Constitution for good reason. Most of them had come from countries with an “official” religion, and wanted no part of a government telling them what they had to believe. We’ve just taken it to the opposite extreme in this country.
One day, though, we’ll all stand before God and give an account of the time we’ve had on this earth. Hebrews 9:27 says, …as it is appointed unto men once to die…, so far, little argument with that, …and after this, the judgment…. That’s the difficulty. We want to believe that we’re all headed for “a better place,” if we believe at all in life after death. Many don’t.
Scripture say that there is life after death.
If it’s wrong, well, then no one has anything to worry about.
If it’s right….
This is why Hebrews 9:27 says, in full, And as it is appointed unto men to die once, but after this the judgment – and 9:28 concludes, so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.
The Lord Jesus didn’t come to this earth to start another religion, or to give us reasons to celebrate Christmas and Easter. He came to die for sin, – for sinners.
You see, sin is the ultimate cause for all our troubles. There are truly many secondary causes, but that’s the primary one. God created this earth a paradise, Genesis 1 – 3, but “sin entered,” Romans 5:12.
Oh, listen, this life will soon be over. Eternity is just around the corner, so to speak. Even though we may yet live many years, it is always just – one breath away. Whether we will enjoy it or endure it, though there will be no “enduring” eternal fire, depends on our standing with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Is He our Savior?
If not, He will be our Judge.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.