December 28, Reading 2 – Zechariah 13:7-14:21

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SAA Notes

Hear these words on Jesus’ lips as He came to the Last Supper. Mark 14:27 In chapter 14, deliverance is in the split ROCK! From Him flows the living water. Zechariah finishes with the Feast of Tabernacles – the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. The harvest will be completed.

SJA Notes

This is a passage with hard truths, the reality of what will come, and what was to come for Israel at that time.

One thing to note, it is an amazing pointer to God’s love for us.

In v7 of ch13 of Zechariah we read, “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;”

Jesus directly aligns with this in Matthew ch26, where He says to the disciples, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'”

This is amazing love! That God the Father would strike the Good Shepherd, His beloved Son, the perfect man, one person of the Trinity!

But to what end?

We read on in Zechariah, “They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’: and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”

This is the end!

It’s the message of all the prophets, as we read in Jeremiah ch32, “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

It’s God’s desire, isn’t it! His message, from Genesis to Revelation, is the same!

We read in Revelation ch21, the loud voice from the throne, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”

Oh, what a Saviour! Hallelujah!

  • God Above,

We cannot hardly fathom the depths of Your love, that You would strike Your Son, the Good Shepherd, our Saviour!

But in that striking, by His wounds – We are healed!

Thank You Lord. What else have we to do but fall in repentance and belief, in thankfulness that You have called us from darkness into light, from death into life.

Amen.

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