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Read: Zechariah 12

The final three chapters in Zechariah comprise a whole unit, and it mostly deals with the “end times.”

In Chapter 12, a fresh word of the Lord comes to Zechariah who proclaims the security of Jerusalem and all of Judah surrounding the great city. Describing a great battle — where multiple nations come together to fight against Jerusalem — God promises to protect Jerusalem and its inhabitants.

This is significant when you consider what the exiles, and likely their parents and grandparents, had endured when Babylon invaded Jerusalem.

But “on that day,” which likely means “the Day of Lord” which is also referred to as “Judgment Day,” God’s cup of wrath will be poured out on all nations that bring harm to the Jews.

“Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering for the peoples who surround the city.” (Zechariah 12:2)

The Lord will fight on behalf of his people, and Israel’s enemies will be left staggering.

Not only that, but consider this grace-filled image:

“On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that on that day the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord, before them.” (Zechariah 12:8)

The weak will become strong.

All because of God and his grace.

Chapter 12 ends with a picture of repentance. The people are described as mourning. Indeed, genuine repentance will involved a period of mourning. But true repentance also includes turning — turning from sin.

So as we finish Chapter 12, let’s pause to ask God if there’s anything in our lives that we need to turn from. Maybe it’s a harmful habit or a destructive relationship or a damaging way of thinking.

When we invite God to show us where we need to repent, he is faithful. The Holy Spirit will bring conviction. But conviction should never be confused with condemnation. The enemy seeks to condemn; whereas, conviction leads to repentance, which leads to change, which leads to healing.

Let’s remember that picture — of the weak becoming strong.

None of us are perfect. Myself least of all. But we still show up, daily, and spend time in the Word so we can grow more each day into the likeness of Christ. All by his grace.

WRITE IT

In a journal or notebook, write Zechariah 12:8.

“On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that on that day the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord, before them.”

Or write any passage from today’s reading that stands out to you.

PRAY IT

Thank you, Lord, that I don’t have to come to you already polished and perfect. If that were the case, I’d never make it. But because of your grace, I can come — flaws and all — and seek your face. Lord, I ask you to convict me in those areas where I need to change, and I ask you to give me the strength I need to turn from any area of sin in my life. By the power of your Spirit, hope and healing are possible. All because of you. Thank you. In your name I pray, amen.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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