God’s Favor Extended to Both Jews and Gentiles

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Blessed

God speaks once more (v. 1). Judah has received her just deserts but God is also merciful. He still has a passionate love for Judah (v. 2). Twice he says in this passage “I was jealous for Zion.” the thought being that God’s heart desire is to pour out abundant blessings with expressions of His love for His people. He is prejudiced (in a good sense) for Israel and never acts apart from His love for her. His love for her cause Him to be opposed to those who oppress Israel. The presence of Jehovah in the city causes the city to take on His character. As a result Jerusalem “shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of Hosts” completely set apart for the purpose of God (v. 3). No other city in the world has ever been so honored with the promise and  presence of God. God says, I am sowing peace and prosperity among you.

Zechariah prophecies that Israel will be back in the land. Jerusalem will be populated with people old and young (vv. 4,5). This small group of exiles who had returned from Babylon were discouraged over opposition from hostile neighbors (v. 6). However the Lord says He will save them from the people from the west (v. 7), and bring them back to live with the people in Jerusalem (v. 8). The Lord is telling them to make their hands strong and rebuild the temple (v. 9). In previous years God has permitted the nation to be affected because of her disobedience. But now they are listening to the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah and as a result God will deal graciously with His remnant and they will prosper (vv. 10-11). Your crops will prosper; the grapevines will be loaded down with fruit; the ground will be fertile with plenty of rain; all these blessings will be given to the people left in the land (vv. 12-13).

Application

I have a joy that need never be diminished (John 15:11). A nearness to God that can never be reversed (Ephesians 2:13). A peace that can never be disturbed (John 14:27). A righteousness that can never be tarnished (2 Corinthians 5:21). A salvation that can never be canceled (Heb. 5:9).

Zechariah 8:1-13 (English Standard Version)


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