God asks an important question of his people. “Who was all this really for?” By God’s response to Zechariah, he makes it clear that though penance is owed to him, he is more interested in a contrite heart that produces right behavior without the need for the heart strivings of men. You cannot unoffend an infinite being. God gives us the ability in his law to perform penitent acts of sacrifice for our sakes. He does this because our psyches are to fragile to accept grace with his judgment. We needlessly double down on sin and turn our hearts to stone. But his grace has always been there. We have only needed to accept it and let it grow us into who we were made to be. When we encounter difficulties in our walk, we need to rely on this aspect of his character to help us with the aspect of justice that we rightfully fear so much. This passage demonstrates that even in the Old Testament, God has always wanted a contrite heart and was always wanting to show his mercy and love to his own.
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted inBible Thoughts, blogs, teaching, ZechariahTags:2022, bible, Bible Thoughts, grace, Zechariah
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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 View more posts