Zechariah 12:The LORD Will Give Salvation
1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him:
2 "Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah.
3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
4 On that day, declares the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5 Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'
6 "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
7 "And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah.
8 On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them.
9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Him Whom They Have Pierced
10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12 The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves;
14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.
Things to think about…
1.Zechariah describes Jerusalem as "a cup of staggering", Zech 12:2 and "a heavy stone for all the peoples", vs 3. This has been true for most generations, but certainly within the last 70 years. Jerusalem and what is to be done about its identity, title holding, constituency, political, social and spiritual tensions has been and will continue to be a cause of grief to not only the middle-east, but to the world. Shifting the American Embassy to Jerusalem in 2019 and the latest (rejected) peace deal with the Palestinians only confirms the setting of the stage for what Zechariah says will occur "on that day", which is mentioned 6 times in this chapter, Zech 12:3,4,6,8,9,11.
2.When will the events in Zech 12:1-9 happen? I believe it will be when the prophecy of Paul is fulfilled in Rom 11 – that all Israel will be saved and the people of Israel will finally look upon the 'One whom they have pierced', vs 10 and see Christ for who He truly is – the Messiah. This battle is not allegorical and certainly has not happened in Israel's past. The Jews will finally understand who Jesus truly is – their Saviour! All the nations that come against Jerusalem at that time will be destroyed. This obviously did not happen at AD70 or anytime since then. This will be the battle of Armageddon that Ezekiel 38&39, Joel 3, Matt 24 and Revelation 16 (and many other places) describe.
3.After a horrible time of war and rejection by the antichrist and armies that will once again surround Israel, the Jewsih people will finally turn in repence to their true Saviour, Yeshua, Zech 12:10. They will finally look upon the One whom they have pierced. The mourning will be great in Jerusalem – the city of burden and in "Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo", Zech 12:11. Hence why the final battle is called Armageddon, from the Hebrew - Har Megiddo, because it will occur in the Megiddo valley. This is also where the Ramat David Airbase is, one of the 3 main air force bases of the Israeli Defense Force.
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 – combined church service.
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 each other 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