September 22, 2017. Zechariah 8-14.
Recently I was reminded of how a decision in the present would be so much easier if I could just take a peek into the future. Well, these last seven chapters give to us a pretty detailed peek into the future. It is given as an encouragement to motivate the people of Israel to make the important decision to complete the temple. Yet it also provides motivation for us today when it comes to the decisions we face concerning our relationship to our Lord and how we live our daily life.
Here is a summary of this peek into the future.
Zechariah 8:3 Thus says the LORD: “I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the LORD of hosts, The Holy Mountain.”
Zechariah 8:7-8 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east And from the land of the west; I will bring them back, And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. They shall be My people And I will be their God, In truth and righteousness.”
There will be some very exciting events leading up to this. The Lord will take care of Israel’s enemies, He will save His people, all the nations will worship Him or face certain consequences.
In the future things will be exactly the way the Lord desires for them to be. The key desire being, “They shall be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and righteous.”
With this exciting and wonderful future for Israel to look forward to, how much more motivation do they need to finish the work of rebuilding the temple of the Lord?
This future for them is also the future for us as believers. We too are His people and He is our God and we too will worship Him, the King, the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 14:16) With this peek into the future in these last seven chapters how much more motivation do we need to decide to live our lives so the we can repeat the words of Jesus when He says:
John 17:4 “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”
Do you have some half finished work in an area or areas of your life? Here is a peek into the future to motivate you to decide to begin today the process of finishing the work.