Monday, September 22, 2008

Holy to the Lord!

September 22: Zechariah 8-14

1 And the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. 3 Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. 4 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 6 Thus says the Lord of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the Lord of hosts? 7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country, 8 and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
Zechariah 8:1-8

3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.

6 On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.


9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.

20 And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.”
Zechariah 14:3-4, 6-9 & 20

Holy to the Lord!

As the book of Zechariah continues, God again prophesies of the peace to come to His people, and ultimately of His victory over all of the enemies of Judah. We are again reminded of God's comfort and care for His people as well as His ultimate victory over sin and death.

Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.

Jerusalem, that troubled city which has known no peace, shall be ruled by the Lord and shall be called the faithful city. There is hardly a day when Jerusalem is not in the news; the battle between Israel and the surrounding nations continues to rage on. This is not a new battle, neither is it one that man will be able to stop; this battle began in the days of Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau. Jerusalem will never know peace again until the Lord returns and reigns supreme; at that time all nations will bow down before Him.

And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.”

I really love this verse! In our day when the Ten Commandments are torn from the courts of the land, it hardly seems possible that God's name will appear everywhere. Even the bells of the horses will bear the inscription, "Holy to the Lord."

As Christians we often feel as though we are the outcast minority, but do not ever believe that! They who are with us are more than all the hosts of the enemies; God's angels surround His people with peace and protection. Nothing that happens in our day is done apart from God's knowledge; in the end, He will bring peace to this world.

So let us all say today, "Holy to the Lord!"

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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