Salvation and lifestyle are indivisible from each other. Repentance involves more than the emotion of sorrow. Think through some practical applications from your daily life of vs.16,17. Verse 20 reminds you of Jesus’ great commission.
If there is a theme in Zechariah, and no doubt there are many, it is that the Lord is JEALOUS FOR ZION.
Jealous for her with great wrath.
This gives us an indication of how the Lord sees the church today. His people, the city that will be presented as a bride to Jesus when the heavens and earth are joined together, remade new.
He is jealous for us! With great wrath!
“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
This is the message of God’s word, across all the books, across the testaments.
That God will be our God, and that we will be His people.
That faithfulness and righteousness are key attributes (how do we get them?).
That Jesus is the key. Because it is only in Jesus, through His righteousness, that we can be righteous (in Him, not of our own). It is only through His faithfulness that we can be faithful (our faith is not from ourselves, but a gift from God).
Praise God for this!
- Father God,
Thank You for the promise of the new heavens and the new earth.
Thank You for Jesus, in whom we are saved for good works now, on this earth, in this time that You have created us.
Thank You for Your sovereign will. Please help us to submit underneath it and to go about it.