Tag: restore Jerusalem
Scripture reading for September 28th: Zechariah 1-2
God considers those who belong to Him by faith to be the apple of His eye. Sin had caused the scattering of Israel to Babylon for seventy years, but God had earlier promised a restoration. (Jeremiah 25:12) He would shake the nations and cause His people to return again. The seventy years captivity was a result of God’s word overtaking the people. When people violate God’s commands, the promises of judgment will surely come true. If they would obey God, then promises of blessing and protection would surely overtake them, for God watches over His word to perform it! (Jeremiah 1:12)
God promised to rebuild Jerusalem and restore the people to their land. (Zechariah 1:16-17) The rebuilding of the city would be unusual. It was to be a city without walls because of the large number of people and animals! God, Himself, would be a wall of fire around the city assuring its protection. God would also be the glory within the city. (Zechariah 2:4-5) Jerusalem would be the dwelling place of God!
God’s people were to flee from Babylon and return to Jerusalem. God was going to punish the nations that had plundered them. They were among the most powerful on the earth, but all would know that the Lord was God when He avenged His people! (Zechariah 2:6-9)
“”Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion, for I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become My people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.”” (Zechariah 2:10-11)
The prophet declared that the Lord, Himself, was coming to live among them in Jerusalem. There would be great joy when this happened and many nations would be joined to the Lord in that day and become His people. This is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ coming to live with His people. His life and ministry caused a great stir and much joy for those who believed in Him. He lived among His people and they beheld His glory! (John 1:14) His coming brought light to the Gentiles and many nations were drawn to Him. (Matthew 4:12-17) His miracles and teaching confirmed that He was the Messiah, sent from God! We are truly the “apple of His eye”!