Sunday, December 15, 2019

Zechariah 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 12. 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?)
  • This chapter describes the fortune that awaits Jerusalem in the future. Jerusalem was once a might city that had fallen, and now God is telling Zechariah that it will be restored to an even mightier status than before.
  • Verses 10 and 11 are an allusion to what will happen to Jesus, namely that he will be "pierced." This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus was hanging on the cross and a spear was shoved through his abdomen to ensure he was dead (see John 19:34).
  • The final verses in this chapter paint an even more vivid picture of just how big of a loss the death of Jesus will be. They describe how different "tribes" will mourn. To the people reading this book when it was written, these descriptions helped them understand just how culturally cataclysmic the loss would be.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Just as God can rebuild cities that were devastated, he can rebuild parts of our lives that feel like a lost cause. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there part of your life that feels impossible to restore? Maybe you're divorced and feel like nobody will want you. Maybe you feel like you can't make friends. Maybe you're dealing with overwhelming wounds from your past.
  • Today, ask God to rebuild that part of your life, and start to live with the confidence that He will bring restoration. Tell a trusted friend about your commitment to believe that God wants you to heal, and ask that friend to hold you accountable. You will be surprised by what God can do when you allow Him to work without limits.