Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Zechariah’s Focus

Though the book of Zechariah covers many topics, contains multiple Messianic prophecies, and relates several fascinating visions, there are some underlying messages that run throughout the book. The prophet makes it clear that it was Judah's unfaithfulness that had led to the divine punishment of captivity; however, the Lord did not forget His people. He declared "Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you" Zechariah 1:3.

To God's repentant people is given an array of comforting promises. In Zechariah 3 is found a vision of Joshua, the high priest and representative of the people. He is "standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Zechariah 3:1, 2. You see, Satan the accuser pointed to Joshua's filthy garments, but the Lord said, "Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment" (verse 4). Can you personalize that promise to yourself? We don't have to wonder if the Lord will forgive us. When we have true sorrow for our sin, He is ready to clothe us with "change of raiment".

Of particular wonder is the glorious, far-reaching influence pictured for the faithful which can be experienced by us as spiritual Jews today. "And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you" Zechariah 8:21-23.

Does your life, does mine, make God appear so attractive that others want to worship Him?

 

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