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.
* God Above, please open our ears to listen today as You give us the words of eternal life.
“I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.”
If there is a big theme in Zechariah it is that the Lord is JEALOUS for His people, for the City of God, New Jerusalem, Zion.
Jealous for her with great wrath.
This gives us today an indication of how seriously God takes His church today, His people. Us.
The city that will be presented as a bride to Jesus when the new heavens and new earth are remade new (see Revelation 21).
“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 of both testaments.
That God will be our God. That we will be His people.
And that faithfulness and righteousness are bound up within His rule and reign, His will and purpose, and our lives as His people.
Which points us to Jesus. He is the key, the crux. It is only in Jesus, through His righteousness, by His shed blood bringing mercy on sinners, saved by grace through faith alone – It is only by His righteousness that we can be counted as righteous.
It is only through His faithfulness that we can be faithful – Our faith not from ourselves, but a gift from our good God!
Praise God for this!
* Father God,
Thank You for the promise of a new heavens and a new earth.
Thank You for Jesus, in whom we are saved unto good works in the now, on this earth.
Thank You for Jesus, in whom we have a great eternal inheritance in the not yet, in the life to come.