Praise God for sending His Son. The greatest gift to humanity. Zechariah over 500 years earlier spoke of how this would be achieved. A King would come, firstly on a donkey and then in might and power to rule over the earth.
Zechariah 8:The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion
1 And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,
2 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.
3 Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain.
4 Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age.
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
6 Thus says the LORD of hosts: If it is marvellous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvellous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts?
7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country,
8 and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness."
9 Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
10 For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbour.
11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the LORD of hosts.
12 For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
13 And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
14 For thus says the LORD of hosts: "As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the LORD of hosts,
15 so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear not.
16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;
17 do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD."
18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
19 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
20 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, 'Let us go at once to entreat the favour of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.'
22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favour of the LORD.
23 Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"
Zechariah 9:Judgment on Israel's Enemies
1 The burden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and Damascus is its resting place. For the LORD has an eye on mankind and on all the tribes of Israel,
2 and on Hamath also, which borders on it, Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 Tyre has built herself a rampart and heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
4 But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down her power on the sea, and she shall be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish; Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded. The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
6 a mixed people shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
7 I will take away its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth; it too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be like a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
8 Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes.
The Coming King of Zion
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
13 For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.
The LORD Will Save His People
14 Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts will protect them, and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones, and they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women.
Things to think about…
1.How many times does 'Thus says the Lord' appear in Zech 8? I counted 13 times. Unfortunately we live in a generation where these words are more and more left out. We find absolutes intolerant, yet the Lord does not change and His words will remain. Zechariah was still under OT law and he could legally have been stoned to death if his words were not from God. If you believe you have the gift of prophecy you will always agree with scripture and it will be confirmed in your use of the gift. Quoting scripture is always the safest option of course. The key is to have the discernment to rightly apply it into any given situation.
2.In Zech 8 you can see the Lord's concern for His people and for His city Jerusalem. The Lord does not mind the fasts, I.E the traditions, Zech 8:19, but only if their hearts honour Him, vss 16, 17. We have the direct favour of God in Christ, so how do you think vss 22 and 23 apply? Is Zechariah referring to the period before Christ or does it concern the Christian era as well? Jesus wept over Jerusalem, why? Why did he not also weep over the cities of Rome or Thebes – surely they had also rejected God. Our Lord's heart was to call those who had the Law, the Covenants, the Prophets and the promises. Yet they rejected them, even the Author of Life Himself.
3.All the towns mentioned in Zech 9:1-8 all immediately border Israel. They were the outlying cities of the Syrians, Philistines and coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon and shall be without their former glory. God stands guard over His house, Zech 9:8 and has an eye on mankind and Israel, Zech 9:1. He makes a distinction between what He does for Israel as opposed to the other nations. How would this be achieved? We know a king would come – initially this would be Alexander the Great, but wait; Zech 9:9-13 clearly show that Jesus is meant when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, vs 9. He would be this king. The Greeks would be cut off, vs 13, this is likely a prophecy of the Maccabean rebellion, 167-160BC, that restored Jerusalem back to the Jews and then the real king would come. Jesus, the king that Zechariah is referring to would arrive in Jerusalem almost 200 years later riding on a donkey.
4.Has what is described in Zech 9:9-12 been perfectly fulfilled by Christ's first coming? One only has to look at the nations that still surround and threaten Israel and we would have to say no. Certainly the promise has never been fulfilled that the King would rule "from the River to the ends of the earth", Zech 9:10. This will be fulfilled when Christ rules literally on a throne in Jerusalem in the Millennial kingdom over all the earth.
5.Looking at Zech 9:14-17 we see that Israel will again have its borders and people restored. Israel is being restored in our day, but they are still secular and most are outside of Christ. Pray that Israel sees that their nation can only know true blessing and fulfilment of these OT promises if they turn to Christ.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday's sermon "A vision of the new temple" came from Zechariah 6:9-15.
1.Zechariah mentions a crown of silver and gold representing two roles the High Priest Joshua would take on. What are they and how are they fulfilled in the Person and work of Jesus Christ?
2.Zechariah mentions that a temple will be built. Jesus said destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days. What did Jesus mean?
3.Is it just the church Zechariah is referring to? Is there going to be a literal temple built in Jerusalem? Discuss why you think it may or may not be so.
4.Pray that we as a church can reach out in this gospel age to build the temple of Christ's body, the church – in our community and beyond.
1.Combined Baptist service next Sunday night at CBC.
2.New people to settle into the church.
3.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. More exciting news this Sunday about what the Lord has done with our money thus far. Praise God for "Cowboy" and how we have helped his situation.
4.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.
5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
6.Sunday's message on Zech 12 "Jesus the Saviour of Jerusalem" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- We have a lot in common – 6:00pm.
7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
8.Church finances to meet our expenses.
9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Business meeting was a wonderful encouragement of what the Lord is doing at CBC.
2.Community event was a blessing on Sunday night. Good fellowship with eacho ther and an opportunity to get to know some of our neighbours.
3.Christine Denning's mum home and recovering well.
4.More new people on Sunday.
5.Tad's brother Andrew attended church yesterday. A miracle in anyone's language. Pray the Lord continues to open his heart to the gospel.
6.Praise God for the rain going to farmers breaking the drought in many areas..
7.New Website completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.
8.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church), 13 last week.
9.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, our money is still being used by the Lord to bless the community.
10.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Willey - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.
2.Men's shooting event – Sat 29th February – 9am at the Ripley shooting range. $15 entry, $10 ammo. See Tim/flyer for more details.
3.Steve Hawkins 60th birthday bash – 4:30pm Sat 29th at Church. Bring yourself, something to eat/cook and something the sit on as we celebrate 60 years of Steve!
4.Mallacoota Bushfire Appeal. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"
5.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.– Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Kim Rawiru. Lesson :- Journey to Mars 5 Psalm 119:105. Younger Group Leader:- Melody Jarvis, Assistant:- Nat Jarvis. Lesson:-Garden of Eden Picture, P24.
6.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Games Galore. Recharge parent on roster for this week: - Yuki Fujita. Enjoy the amazing cooking by Angelo – this week Mexican tacos – Yum!
February's catechism question...
Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?
Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"
Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3