Bible In One Year-Day 191 (Thursday, July 10, 2014)
Commentary: Zechariah9-11. These chapters actually contain the message of Zechariah to the people. In the message, God’s intention for their future was revealed and those who were still in Babylon were advised to come back to Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:12 “Turn you (i.e. return or come back) to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;”
Though some past experiences were referenced in his message, but clearly they were to remind the people of God’s faithfulness. Some threats of judgment were in it but promises were not left out. God’s chastisement is to show His love for us; even in that chastisement, He is still faithful. He chastised the Judeans to restore them in a better form; God’s chastisement is to bring you back to the right path. He does not chastise to destroy or kill but to reform and transform.
Lam3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (ESV)
God showed His loving kindness to His people and protected them in their chastisement.
Psalms 78:38 “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.”
God is Love and all about Him is the expression of His love, even, the troubles we go through in which it seems He is silent or unable to deliver. May His grace be sufficient for us in the name of Jesus.
Psalms 27:10 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.”
When you sin against the Lord, do not run away from Him but run to Him; this was what made the difference between David and Saul. David knew the heart of God (love) but Saul was short of this because the light of God’s love could not reach his heart. Beloved, even in our difficult times, let us realize God’s faithfulness is unfailing; He cares for you.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Zechariah12-14. Keep the fire burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries