In this section of scripture, we come across a few of the prophets. It is here that God starts providing a glimpse of a glorious future. A future to which the nation of Israel looks. It is a future to which I look and a future to which I hope every christian looks.
In the very first chapter of Zechariah, Zechariah is in Jerusalem with a number of people that were allowed to return after their 70 year captivity. Zechariah receives a vision from God in which an angel asks God how long it will be before He has mercy on Jerusalem again. The Lord gives the following answer.
Zechariah 1:16–17 (NKJV) —
16 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord: “I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts, “And a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’
17 “Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; The Lord will again comfort Zion, And will again choose Jerusalem.” ’ ”
The promise that sticks out to me in this is “I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy”. The Lord is going to return to Jerusalem with mercy. Jerusalem needed a lot of mercy. We need a lot of mercy. It is not long after these events that the Bible goes silent for a period of time. The next major event we see in scripture is the coming of Jesus Christ. This first coming of Jesus was a moment of God returning to Jerusalem with mercy. Yet, it is not the complete fulfillment of this promise. Zechariah sees another vision in which the Lord says a little more about this.
Zechariah 2:10–11 (NKJV) —
10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.
11 “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.
“Sing and rejoice” God says! Sing and rejoice. The Lord is coming to dwell in the midst of His people Israel. And, many nations will be joined to the Lord in that day and they will be His people. Those nations are you and me. Jesus is returning. Jesus is returning for me. Jesus is returning for you. Jesus is returning for His people. He is returning in mercy and He will be crowned both King and High Priest. He is our ruler and our intermediator. His atonement for our sins covers us now and then. What a blessed promise from God. Come Lord Jesus.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Zechariah 8-14
- Day 2 – Malachi 1-4
- Day 3 – Matthew 1-4
- Day 4 – Matthew 5-6
- Day 5 – Matthew 7-8
- Day 6 – Matthew 9-10
- Day 7 – Mathew 11-12