Again, Zechariah hears from God.
In verses 1-6:
Jerusalem had fallen due to the sin that the people had allowed to come in. Not only was God jealous for Zion (the place) but also Zion (the people). God protects those He loves but He does allow things to happen to get His people back in line. God wants us to be faithful to Him and follow His guidance. Although God loves His children, He will chastise them if need be. Jerusalem will be a city of truth when Jesus returns.
In disturbed occasions, the old and the youthful are the main to suffer and die. Yet, the two groups are ample in this vision, filling the roads with their typical ordinary daily lives. This is an indication of the total harmony and thriving of God’s new earth.
The remnant was the little gathering of outcasts, exiles, who had gotten back from Babylonian captivity, to reconstruct Jerusalem and the Temple. Attempting to get by in the land, they got debilitated and discouraged over the resistance they regularly faced from antagonistic neighbors. It was difficult to accept that one day God himself would rule from this city and that their land would appreciate incredible harmony and bounty.
Another way to say verse 6 is “What seems inconceivable to you is not a hard task for me.” God helped Zechariah to remember this fact while anticipating his redemption of Jerusalem. Our God is almighty; he can do anything. While facing apparently unimaginable undertakings or circumstances, we should remember that “with God, all things are possible.”
In verses 7-9:
God needed to give the Temple laborers a little push to make them move. They had heard the prophets’ uplifting statements; presently they needed to stop simply tuning in, they needed to get to work. We need to tune in to what God says, yet whenever he has made our strategy plain, we need to “be solid and strong” and do what he wants us to do.
I will bring them back (saving from east and west). The covenant relationship will be restored, and the entire local area will be filled with God’s presence. This promise of pardoning and rebuilding alludes to the entirety of God’s people any place they might be found.
Here these verses are telling us that the Jews were told to remember their lives before the temple was being rebuilt, when they were in exile. The prophets gave encouragement from God to the people. What was our lives like before we accepted Christ? We should heed the Word of the Lord, be strong, and do what He has called us to do.
In verses 10-15:
Once again, encouragement is given. For over 15 years God and His prophets had been encouraging the people to wrap up building the Temple. Again, God supported them with dreams of things to come. We are enticed to back off for several reasons: the workers are not reacting; we feel truly or sincerely depleted; the workers are uncooperative; the work is tacky, excessively troublesome, or not even worth the exertion. God’s promises about the future ought to support us now. He understands what the consequences of our works will be, and hence He can give us a point of view that will help us proceed in our work for Him.
What will the Lord have to do, or allowed to be done, for Christians of today to repent and be restored?
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