Today you should read: Zechariah 9
This is such an encouraging chapter that we have today and one that shows us God’s heart and God’s plan. The people of God had endured hardship for some time as they were in exile. In this chapter we see God’s character.
1) THE JUSTICE OF GOD (v.1-8)
God reminds them that He is just. They had endured much injustice by their enemies and God wanted them to know that this did not go unnoticed and it will not go unpunished. One thing we see in this is that sin does not slip under the radar of God. He sees it. Either we will have to give an account for it or we can receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers.
2) THE PLAN OF GOD (v.9-13)
God was not just seeking justice… God was seeking restoration and salvation. He was sending them a King. This king was to be righteous and bring salvation. This King is Jesus. We see the prophecy of Jesus riding on a donkey lived out in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke, 19 and John 12. God’s plan was to send Jesus, the savior of the world to redeem, restore, and bring salvation. The people Zechariah was writing to had to look forward to this in faith and hope… we get to look back on it in belief and place our faith in it!
3) THE SALVATION OF GOD (v.14-17)
We see in this last section of Zechariah 9 that God was going to bring salvation and deliverance through King Jesus. God was going to bring salvation (v. 16) through Jesus because of His goodness (v. 17). God was going to be their place of safety when they had felt so unstable. And the good news of salvation is that we don’t have to endure it but we get to flourish in it (v. 17b).
This is the kind of God we serve. He does not sit back apathetically and watch. He is engaged in the details of our lives. He has a plan. He has a purpose. He wants us to know Him, experience Him, love Him, and walk with Him.
How did God speak to your heart today?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College
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