ZECHARIAH‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭13‬ ‭‬‬

“When I looked again, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. “Where are you going?” I asked. He replied, “I am going to measure Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.” Then the angel who was with me went to meet a second angel who was coming toward him. The other angel said, “Hurry, and say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem will someday be so full of people and livestock that there won’t be room enough for everyone! Many will live outside the city walls. Then I, myself, will be a protective wall of fire around Jerusalem, says the Lord. And I will be the glory inside the city!’” The Lord says, “Come away! Flee from Babylon in the land of the north, for I have scattered you to the four winds. Come away, people of Zion, you who are exiled in Babylon!” After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession. I will raise my fist to crush them, and their own slaves will plunder them.” Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. The Lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me to you. The land of Judah will be the Lord’s special possession in the holy land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem to be his own city. Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.””
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Zechariah‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Once again, we see God double down on his promise to be present and active in the promise he makes to the people of Israel and their city. These promises haven’t changed but they have travelled through multiple generations through the years and the importance of repetition is demonstrated greatly in such a tumultuous time on Israel’s history. Our God knows what is necessary to give people the right amount of hope in these times and we should take heed as we extend it. When people have forgotten the promise of God’s presence and his direct providence, it is a message that is worth repeating. Here he adds to it prophecy of a future blessing. It is not simply a strong reminder of the present but also something to anchor the future. We must also turn people’s eyes toward God’s good blessings. We must share, not only “why” they can trust in God but also “what” they can expect from him. These things are ingredients for n a recipe of solidarity and boldness for future generations.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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