We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Lord Comes and Reigns
A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.
2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
6 On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. 7 It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.
8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
9 The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.
10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up high from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses, and will remain in its place. 11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.
12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.
20 On that day holy to the Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. 21 Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.
A Blessed Hope | Kathy Page
Zechariah 14:9, 20-21
Zechariah, whose name means, “God remembers”, reminded the Israelites that God would remember His promises to them; that the coming Messiah and the glory of Israel had not been lost because of their experience of exile in Babylon. God’s plan for the world remained in place, with Israel at the center.
In that day, the Eternal Incarnate Son of God will be King over all the earth. In that day Jesus Christ Himself will be recognized as the one true God; in that day, His name will be the only name worshipped and glorified, for He alone is worthy. Israel’s Messiah King will return to the world that rejected Him and to a people that cried, “we will not have this man to reign over us.” Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The great plan of redemption results in fully bringing back the world into God’s favor. All that was lost by sin is restored. Not only man, but the earth is redeemed, to be the eternal abode of God’s children. In the future such common objects as horses’ bells and cooking pots will be holy. Nothing will be unclean (Caananite) where the Lord will dwell. The enemy has struggled to maintain possession of the earth. Now God’s original purpose in its creation is accomplished. “The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even for ever and ever.” (Dan. 7:18)
Sin can never again enter the universe. By love’s self-sacrifice, the inhabitants of earth and heaven are bound to their Creator in bonds of indissoluble union. In the place where sin abounded, God’s grace much more abounds. This is the hope of Zechariah, it should be our hope too. Our blessed hope!
With events happening in this world, it is so easy to struggle with discouragement. Zechariah has shown us judgments on the people of Judah. But this book also overflows with the reign of the Lord over His people. It is so easy to get caught up in the desperate events of this day and days to come. We begin to lose our perspective and begin to live as a people without hope. This book serves as a correction for that tendency. We have a blessed Hope, a sure Hope, JESUS! The Messiah King is coming soon. Halleluia!!
Lord Jesus, my hope is in You my Resurrected Lord and Savior. May I never despair as the world marches on to the Day of the Lord. Keep me focused on You and Your triumph and love. I pray that I will be as the Prov. 31 woman who can smile at the future, because she knows who holds the future! As I live in this hope, help me to remember that this is not a license for me to be irresponsible. Help me to see those who do not yet have this hope. Help me to pray for them and as the Spirit gives way, to talk to them so they too may know the blessed hope of eternal life with You. In Jesus’ Name.
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