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God’s Story... For My Life - Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Days Are Here Again

Read Zechariah 14:1-21

In the end, the enemies of Jerusalem who survive the plague will go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. Any nation in the world that refuses to come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will have no rain. If the people of Egypt refuse to attend the festival, the Lord will punish them with the same plague that he sends on the other nations who refuse to go. Egypt and the other nations will all be punished if they don’t go to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.

On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: Holy To The Lord. And the cooking pots in the Temple of the Lord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar. In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices. And on that day there will no longer be traders in the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
(Zechariah 14:16-21)

Reflect

Like other prophets, Zechariah blended prophecies of the present, near future, and final days into one sweeping panorama. Zechariah spoke to a people who endured hardships—harassment by neighbors and discouragement over their small numbers and seemingly inadequate Temple. Consequently, their worship was apathetic. But God said, “My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong” (Zechariah 1:14). He promised to restore their land, their city, and their Temple.

This vision of a restored, holy Jerusalem stood in contrast to the broken walls and unpleasant living conditions the people faced. One day God would fulfill their dreams for Jerusalem beyond what they could imagine. Through Zechariah’s message we learn that our hope is found in God and his Messiah, who are in complete control of the world.

Respond

Perhaps today you’re feeling in need of restoration or hope due to stalled dreams or difficult situations. God still wants to do much more for us than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20). When we walk with him, we will discover this more deeply each day.