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Reading: Zechariah 12/Psalm 34

By Pastor Jason Walsh

“They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child” (Zechariah 12:10).

Lord, In the name of Jesus, send your Holy Spirit and make your Word alive to us today.  Only You can reveal the deep life and truth found in Your Word.  We need You Lord and we need Your truth today. In Jesus name...Amen!

Have you ever had the feeling?  The feeling when you’re driving along the road, thinking of a thousand different things that need to be done, when suddenly you look back into your rearview mirror realizing you’ve been on “autopilot” the whole time?  I know I’ve done this a million times.  But then...imagine looking again in your rear-view mirror and you see red and blue flashing lights on top of a police car headed your way.

That sinking feeling that you’ve blown it; we’ve all had it at one time or another.  Multiply that feeling about a billion times, and you’ll know how Israel will feel when they look on the “one they have pierced,” and realize their enormous error in rejecting Him.

In today’s scripture we read that Zechariah is talking about the Messiah and when He’ll return to complete His work of redemption and establish His rule on earth. No one can resist His sovereign power (v. 1).

The oracle first shows the Messiah’s physical deliverance of Israel. The nation is pictured as the cup of God’s wrath, which will send the nations reeling (Zechariah 12:2). Just as drunken men are overcome by alcohol, so the wicked will be overcome by divine judgment. Israel will also be an “immovable rock,” strong and secure (Zechariah 12:3–5). God’s people will be a fire in dry grass, defeating their enemies as quickly as such a fire spreads (Zechariah 12:6).

In yesterday’s reading, Israel was condemned, but now the nation is redeemed when the Shepherd returns. “On that day” the Lord will save, shield, fight, win, and pour out His Spirit. “On that day,” God plus the weakest person will be a mighty warrior!

By God’s grace, Israel will receive spiritual deliverance as well. They’ll see the Crucified One and grieve.  To “look on” Him carries the idea of responding in faith (Zechariah 12:10). With their eyes opened to the truth, they will repent with sincere and godly sorrow.

Revelation 21:5, Jesus says, “I am making everything new!” The question for us today is, How does God’s promise to restore Israel and Jesus’ promise to make everything new encourage your soul today? What do these promises reveal to us about the heart of the Father and the Son?

Spend some time in prayer today thanking God for His heart of forgiveness towards us and rejoicing in your Savior.  Through the lens of Scripture, “look on” Him, confess to Him, praise Him, and meditate on His greatness and love. He paid the ultimate price for your salvation and mine.  He gave His life that you might have eternal life!  Do not fear!  Despite our hardened hearts and moments in our life when we have turned away from Him; He is faithful to forgive when we confess and repent.  He is faithful to keep His promise to return one day and make all things new!  Hallelujah!

“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed” (Psalms 34:4-5).


Zechariah chapter 10 and psalm 32 by Pastor Sherry                           

If I could only lose weight......If only I had a bigger house...... If only I had a car like that...... If only I had more time...... If only I had a better job.  We tend to fall into these thoughts, along with money, entertainment, sex, comfort, television, drugs our cell phones etc. We create these idols and expect to find happiness and security. Did you ever think of your identity as being an idol? But we always come back to the emptiness that only God can supply.

Zechariah prophesied a future “Christ” a “Cornerstone“ a “tent pig” a “bow” that wins battles, is a ruler and victorious! He would be a man that would take action. He also described the Messiah would have strength, He would be stable virtuous and trustworthy. He would be the complete answer to Israel’s issues. It would only be through this Christ that Gods will would be fulfilled to His people.

At the time, Israel was divided into to Kingdoms. To the South was the “House of Judah” and to the North was the “House of Joseph.” Vs 6 tells us about a time that they would be  restored. Which could only be accomplished by a miracle from God. God had compassion on them.

It was difficult to even believe that this would ever happen. The Northern Kingdom was so absorbed In other cultures. Including the worship of idols. God also said there would be a time when all the Jews dispersed around the world would return to their home Country. A life of slavery, being separated and heavy oppression would not be in their lives any longer as long as they returned to God and remained  close to Him and Him alone. They would be able to carry out God’s purpose for them if they remained in Him. Any opposition coming against them would be overcome in Him.

It would be God’s Spirit that would give them the power to overcome just like us, if we turn away from God we lose our source of power. This would be like a washing machine not plugged into its electrical source, No Power!!

Vs 11 refers to the ”sea of trouble“ this is speaking of the parting of the Red Sea. That was all a miracle work of God. He was and still is promising He would be with them, He will bring them through and He will continue to protect them. He is still with us. He will bring us through and He  will Continue to protect us.

                    The Will of God

Nothing will ever fulfill you, like the middle of God’s will,

The waves can come a rocking, and you can remain all calm and still.

It’s only in that place that you find out who you are,

It’s far better than all your lofty thoughts, of owning a fancy car.

So lock yourself in your closet, until you have made the decision to abide,

It’s at that moment you have his promise, that He will always be at your side.

Lord God, help us to keep our eyes set on you each and every day. Help us to remember in those times of trials and trouble that you are in control, and we just need to remember to give it all to you. Why is that so hard Lord? I ask you to forgive us of our pride and help us to be who you created us to be. It is in your precious name Jesus that I Pray!!!!! Amen!!!



Zechariah 9

October 24

By Melody Keena

God had planned from before the foundation of the earth (1 Peter 1:20) that Jesus would come and be the Lamb (Rev 13:8) that would be killed to take away the sins of the world.  The first eight verses of this chapter (Zechariah’s prophesies) and Daniel’s prophesies (Daniel 7-8) about the same time frame tell of how Alexander the Great conquered the known world and unified it.  Alexander defeated Persia in 333 BC then moved to Phoenicia continuing his campaign. Hadrak (Hadrach) was in the far north of palatine and Damascus was the capital of Syria. Alexander conquered both and then moved down the coast capturing Tyre, Sidon, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Gaza (the last three are Philistine cities). Alexander passed by Jerusalem on his way south but then came back to go after Israel for not paying him tribute.  The high priest at the time called for prayer and fasting and made sacrifices. God heard and in a dream told him to have everyone dress in white and open the doors to Alexander when he came.  Alexander was impressed and heard how the prophets had predicted his victories so left the Israelites alone and even sacrificed to God while he was there. 

Why do we care about this history that was prophesied about?  Alexander unified the known world and setup Greek as the common language. Greek was what the New Testament was written in.  When the Romans later took over they setup the government and built roads in this already established empire.  The common language and good roads made it possible for the gospel to travel far and wide.  So all of this had to happen to prepare the way for Jesus coming and the ministry of the early church.

Zechariah then tells how Jesus will ride into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday during His first coming.  Unlike Alexander who rode in on a mighty steed with his army behind him, Jesus came on a lowly donkey through the gate that the Passover lambs were brought into the city.  Both came as conquerors.  Jesus came to conquer death and the grave, to bring grace and forgiveness.  The little children and the common people welcomed Him with praise and palm branches.  When Alexander came the people were afraid but were commanded to rejoice and shout.  Alexander made a great speech but Jesus wept over the city and went to the cross rather than killing His enemies and taking the city.

Zechariah is not done though (9:10), now he tells us about Jesus second coming. He will come proclaiming peace, no more wars (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3) and will rule over all kingdoms. He will free prisoners and restore what was lost. He will ride forth with His army like a mighty storm to shield and save His people.  He will be our Shepherd and we will be like jewels in His crown reflecting His glory all around. 

How are we preparing for Jesus in our hearts and lives?  Do we put all things under His control?  Are we ready to meet Him either when He comes again or when we die?  Now is the time to prepare the way for Jesus.

Wallingford
church of the nazarene

1-203-269-9313 

wallnazchurch@gmail.com

www.wallnazchurch.org 

26 Parker Farms Road

Wallingford, CT  06492​

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