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

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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.

December 27, Reading 2 – Zechariah 12:1-13:6

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God’s promised deliverance of Israel comes about through faith in the One they have pierced. This is true for Jew and Gentile. On the Day of the Lord Jesus, God opened up a fountain for cleansing. This age is His Day!

SJA Notes

“On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”

This passage has so many pointers to Jesus, and this is such a wonderful one!

Jesus layers over this passage, where He speaks of living water in John chapter 4, “… But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

He is the living water, alive and pure, which wells up in us to eternal life (John 4).

His blood cleanses us from sin and uncleanness (1 John 1:7).

This is the good news. That Jesus saves us FROM our sin TO eternal life.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

  • Lord Above,

Thank You that Jesus is a cleansing fountain, the living water – Thank You that He saves us from our sin and to eternal life.

Amen.

December 26, Reading 2 – Zechariah 11

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Verses 3, 4 explain Christ’s coming, His ministry, His passion. God would provide the Good Shepherd Himself. All leaders need to take the admonition about worthless shepherds seriously.

SJA Notes

This passage highlights for us the importance God places on church leadership. On the actions of those installed to lead God’s people, to point us to Jesus.

Under-shepherds of the Good Shepherd.

And God is very clear – Shepherds who follow after unjust gain, who pursue their own causes, who take bribes and pervert the course of justice, those who prey on the weak and elderly, the widow and orphan; These God despises.

Let us be diligent in prayer for our church leaders.

  • Father God,

For our church leaders that are faithfully preaching and teaching, going about their responsibilities in earnest devotion – We pray that they would continue to do so, day by day trusting in Your will, resisting the temptation to stray through Your strength.

And for those who are hidden ravening wolves, Lord please raise up other faithful men and women to oppose them. That the rotten branches would be cut from the vine, removing their influence on the vine.

And Lord, please mark us all, regardless of whether we are in church leadership or not – As people of the word! Of YOUR WORD! That as You write it on our hearts, we would be growing toward You, that Your truth would be in us, strengthening us against bad doctrine and the ways of the world.

Amen.