Zechariah 14:9 We All Want Peace

Zechariah 14:9 (KJV)
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

It seems to me that everyone wants just about the same thing; we want peace on earth. 

  • We want no wars
  • We want no enemies 
  • We want to dwell safely all the days of our lives

It also seems to me that just about everyone believes that there is but one way to achieve this peace, world unity. 

The trouble is that we all want unity around our faith. 

  • The Muslim
  • The Communist 
  • The Liberal even
  • The Atheist 

All seek to create a unified world by forcing everyone in the world to conform to their worldview. 

This is not a new concept. It is in fact the plan of God. Satan and all his variations of view have copied God’s plan and are doing their dead level best to make it so, only around themselves and not the Lord. 

It won’t work. God’s plan is immutable. It’s also unique to theirs in that it is not forced. God only gathers in one those who seek Him. 

Worldviews all seem to be in a horse race to come out on top and declare themselves the winner. These days it appears that any one of them might come out ahead. Any one that is but the Lord. 

He’s not in the race. 

He crossed the finish line at Calvary. 

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Zechariah 8:2 Inside the Walls

Zechariah 8:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

My interest is in the title, the LORD of hosts. God is LORD, master, sovereign. In this case He wants us to know He is that over the hosts. 

The term comes from an ancient pictograph of a man on his side and a tent. It represents he who is inside the walls. The one who is protected by the walls. The term developed to mean a garrison or army. “That which goes forth.” 

God is LORD of His forces. He may use them at His will to protect and enclose those He loves and the people of His interest. 

Elisha’s servant came to discover he was walled around by the host of heaven. 

The believer, so assured, need never fear.

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Zechariah 3:9 In One Day

Zechariah 3:9 (KJV)
For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

The types of Christ are replete in this text:

  • The Branch
  • The Stone
  • The Vine

So much so that it is impossible for me to miss the reference. This is Christ and the time is Calvary. 

In one day the iniquity of the land was removed. 

  • One long day
  • One painful day and still
  • One grand and victorious day

What a price God paid that day so that iniquity is removed. But, oh, what freedom was won. 

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Zechariah 1:20-21 How to Make an Impact in the World

Zechariah 1:20-21 (KJV)
And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.
Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.

Language scholars say the word, carpenter, can mean a smith or a craftsman. I think carpenter is more than appropriate; it is inspired. 

The thing about any craftsman is that they build. It is true that, often, demolition takes place before the construction, but the work of the carpenter is to build. 

I believe this in an indication of exactly how believers can “fray” the worldly powers around us. It is not through battle or criticism. It is not through rebellion or revolution. It is not through vengeance or violence. The way to take the heart out of the enemy of the Lord is to build something for the Lord. 

Never forget the target of Zechariah’s preaching. His was to stir up the children of God to resume building the Temple. It’s construction alone would have dismayed the enemies of the Lord. 

The way to make an impact in this world is not to fight the world but to build the house of God. Pour yourself into that and the kingdoms of this world will be confounded. 

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Zechariah 13:9 The Lord Is My God

Zechariah 13:9 (KJV)
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Scofield gives this passage the subheading, “Result of the Gentiles Invasion under the Beast.” It would be difficult for a literal interpreter of the Bible to miss the connection of this passage to the Tribulation. 

Of course, the primary subjects of the passage are the Jews. The Tribulation will be especially difficult for them as it will be in their land the Antichrist sets himself up to be worshipped. It will be their God he targets through them. It will be the purpose of God in the Tribulation to bring them to faith. 

But they are not the only people affected by this Tribulation. They will not be the only ones refined. They will not be the only ones to come to faith in this period. Revelation tells us an infinite number of every people group will be saved. 

What a blessing it is to say with confidence, “The Lord is my God.”

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Zechariah 11:17 The Idol Shepherd

Zechariah 11:17 (KJV)
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

It would be easy to misread this text if it were read in haste. This is not a judgment of laziness and lack of busyness. The word is idol, not idle.

This shepherd may be one who leads people into idolatry. Who would have ever thought there would come a day when well-known pastors would yoke up with Islam? Who would have ever envisioned a time when a preacher would say he could not have been a Christian if he had not also been a Buddhist? The pastor who will point his flock anywhere so long as he increases the size of his crowd is undoubtedly an idol shepherd. 

Another interpretation, and a valid one in the context would be the shepherd who is an idol to his flock. In our day of celebrity worship, it is natural that some people would worship the preacher rather than the Lord. Characters in the Bible, Paul and Barnabas, and the angel of Revelation rebuked people for worshipping them. Too many preachers today accept that praise and worship. Some encourage it because it aides in their influence over their constituents. 

These idol shepherds are smitten. They have no power from God and no understanding of the Word of God. They are blind and only lead their followers into the ditch.

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Zechariah 7:7 Search the Scriptures

Zechariah 7:7 (KJV)
Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

The times were changing for the Jews. Seventy years of prescribed captivity had come to an end. Though it did not happen at once[1]they were now free to return home. This liberty led them to pray and to wonder about such practices as fasting. 

They came to the prophet and inquired. One could question whether the prophet, and the Lord through the prophet, were being too harsh. These people came to ask about a spiritual practice and the first answer was, “You should have listened to the prophets before the captivity.” They were almost certainly not alive back then. If some had been alive, they weren’t old enough to have made decisions. 

I think the point is much different. I think the prophet is reminding them that there is a preserved record of what those older prophets had said. God told them through Zechariah that they should have gone to those records, the written Word of God, for their answers. 

Don’t take this more harshly than it is meant. It isn’t as much a rebuke as it is a reminder. God gives us teachers, men who are called and gifted to teach us the Word of God. We ought to go to them and to learn from them. But before they can do us much good, especially in the long term, we have got to learn to search the Scriptures for ourselves. 


[1]Their captivity happened in multiple waves. It is not surprising that their return would happen in a similar manner.

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Zechariah 9:9 Through the Cross

Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Here is a fascinating passage because it is so specifically fulfilled in the Gospels.[1] Christ entered Jerusalem on this foal of an ass as if to announce the monumental nature of the work about to be accomplished. Through the cross:
  • Israel is set free
  • Christ’s worldwide kingdom is secured
  • Hope is given to the captives of sin and
  • The Gentiles are subdued
All of this is:
  • Accomplished on the cross
  • Included in salvation and
  • Fitted into God’s plan for the New Testament Baptist Church.
[1] Matthew 21:4-5 (KJV) All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 3800 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Pastor Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit Bible Baptist Church of Puyallup.

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Zechariah 8:6 God Being God

Zechariah 8:6 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.

This should be taken as one of those, “with God all things are possible” kind of statements. The things that God does are so beyond our abilities that we cannot help but view them with wonder.[i]

  • When God parts the Red Sea,
  • When God stacks the Jordan in a heap,
  • When God became man and dwelt among us,
  • When God died for sinners though He was righteous

These defy explanation and are marvelous in our eyes.

But to God they are merely, God being God.

He is so far beyond us that we can’t imagine what He can do and has done and He can’t imagine anything else.

[i] This suggests to me that many things attributed to God are not – they may be the product of a man’s obedience to God but they are not those marvelous things that take our breath away for lack of explanation.

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Zechariah 4:7 Grace To Overcome

Zechariah 4:7 (KJV)
Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

The mountain at this point, in Israel’s history, was the temple. It needed to be rebuilt. Their worship needed to be re-established. But the obstacles were great and many.

The question is asked, “Who art thou oh great mountain?”

This could be read in a derogatory manner.
The mountain isn’t as great as it believes itself to be.

Or it could be asked in an open-ended fashion.
There are more hurdles than just those Israel faced. We can apply this to any and every assignment God delivers to us, and to those forces resisting our accomplishment of them.

God gives:

  • Grace to overcome the obstacles
  • Grace to accomplish our assignments and
  • Grace to see that it was if Him

 

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