Saturday, November 23, 2019

November 23 - Zechariah 2 & 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 2 & 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • These chapters are a continuation of a set of visions Zechariah experienced. (We read about the beginnings of these visions in chapter 1.)
  • Chapter 2 begins with the vision of a man who has a measuring tape. Zechariah learns that Jerusalem, which had been decimated, will soon be teeming with people and livelihood. 
  • The rest of chapter 2 is full of promises from God that he will restore his people to Jerusalem.
  • Chapter 3 details an odd vision involving Satan, a prophet named Joshia, and an angel of God. 
    • In this vision, God rejects Satan and clarifies that he still loves Jerusalem and the people in it.
    • Joshua is wearing dirty clothes to represent the sins that the people of Israel had committed. The angel then gives him a set of fresh, new clothes. This represents God giving the people of Jerusalem a "clean slate." God was restoring them not because of their actions, but because of his love.
  • Chapter 3 concludes by mentioning that a lot of what has transpired in this vision is a symbol of things to come. For example: God's servant, "the Branch," was a role ultimately fulfilled by Jesus.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Regardless of how "dirty" we might feel, or how much we feel like we've screwed up, God still loves us and wants us to experience His grace. 
  • It's up to us to accept this offer, and to live our lives as a response to the forgiveness God shows.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you feel like you are too messed up for God, or like you've done too many bad things for Him to love you? His offer of love is unconditional, meaning we don't have to try to earn it.
  • Talk to God today and ask him to show you His grace, and to free you from feelings that might keep you stuck in the past.