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They will look on Me whom they have pierced

They will look on Me whom they have pierced
There are a few very plain OT scriptures that refer specifically to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Zechariah 12 is one such passage.Zechariah 12:The LORD Will Give Salvation1 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 w...
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The price of the Shepherd - 30 pieces

The price of the Shepherd - 30 pieces
Zechariah speaks of the true Shepherd being sold for 30 pieces of silver and Israel embracing a false shepherd. We know him as the Antichrist.Zechariah 10:The Restoration for Judah and Israel1 Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the veg...
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The King of the whole earth has arrived

The King of the whole earth has arrived
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 Zion1 And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,2 "Thus says the LORD of ho...
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Look after the fatherless and widow

Look after the fatherless and widow
In Zechariah 7 Zechariah calls for justice and mercy to be a part of the returned exiles character. The failure to do so sent them into exile in the first place. They were in danger of this happening again.Zechariah 7: A Call for Justice and Mercy1In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the nin...
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A Priest and a Prince in One

A Priest and a Prince in One
In Zechariah 6 we have the vision of the four chariots, their horses and riders – each with a prophetic destiny. But we are also introduced to the One who is described as the Branch – One who is both a Prince and a Priest.Zechariah 6:A Vision of Four Chariots1Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mounta...
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The scroll and the woman called 'wickedness'

The scroll and the woman called 'wickedness'
Zechariah speaks of a scroll that will judge the people of the Lord. Jesus of course is the Word of God that will judge the earth.Zechariah 5: A Vision of a Flying Scroll1 Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll!2 And he said to me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits, and its width...
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New clothes and new identity

New clothes and new identity
Zechariah tells us there will be a Branch who will give us a new identity. He begins by giving us pure clothing.Zechariah 3: A Vision of Joshua the High Priest1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Sata...
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Return to Me and I'll return to you

Return to Me and I'll return to you
We begin Zechariah this week. Praise our Saviour. Have a blessed, safe holiday this week as you rest in His grace.Zechariah 1:A Call to Return to the LORD1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying,2 "The LORD was very angry with your fathers.3 Th...
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The Refiners Fire

The Refiners Fire
Malachi after giving some fairly stern words finishes with the fact that the great Day of the LORD is coming. We Jesus has come and He will come again. Be blessed as we celebrate His first arrival this Sunday.Malachi 3: 1 "Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple...
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He seeks godly offspring

He seeks godly offspring
Malachi is the last book of the OT. The Word of the Lord via the prophets would be silent for the next 400 years until Christ. The events that led to the decay of Israel and its restoration are covered by Malachi.Malachi 1: 1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.The LORD's Love for Israel2 "I have loved you," says the LORD. But y...
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Keeping God first. Build the Lord's house

Keeping God first. Build the Lord's house
We start and finish the two chapters of the book of Haggai today. Haggai was a prophet to the exiles who returned from their captivity in Babylon. He is wanting the exiles to shift their focus towards a more appropriate building program.Haggai 1:The Command to Rebuild the Temple1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the fir...
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Everything will be made right

Everything will be made right
Praise God for His people and His word. Obadiah is just one chapter, but says that wrongs will one day be righted. Have a read and be blessed.Obadiah 1: 1 The vision of Obadiah. Edom Will Be Humbled Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom: We have heard a report from the LORD, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: "Rise up! Let us rise ag...
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The prayer of the righteous works wonders

The prayer of the righteous works wonders
James finishes his letter by exhorting his readers to remain steadfast in suffering and to pray in faith and to expect the Lord's blessing.James 5:Warning to the Rich1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their...
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The tongue is a fire

The tongue is a fire
James teaches us about the power of our words and our witness – take a look.James 3:Taming the Tongue1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle ...
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The testing of our faith

The testing of our faith
We begin the book of James as he leads us through some practical Christianity as we go through his letter over the next three days.James 1:Greeting1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.Testing of Your Faith2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for...
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Now he is useful

Now he is useful
We finish off Titus and hear Paul's heart to Philemon and his home church. This book takes a look into the cultural window of 1st Century slavery, but also gives a Christian response to that slavery.Titus 3:Be Ready for Every Good Work1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,2 to spea...
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Hold fast to the faithful word

Hold fast to the faithful word
We cover the books of Titus, Philemon and James this week. Good practical Christianity! Be blessed as we begin with Paul's letter to Titus.Titus 1: Greeting1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,2 in hope of eternal life, which ...
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Preach the Word

Preach the Word
Preach the Word! We finish off 2Timothy today. Paul tells his young reader Timothy to tell others about God's word and the consequences of what happens when people fail to follow it.2 Timothy 3: Godlessness in the Last Days1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of...
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We do not have a spirit of fear

We do not have a spirit of fear
We finish off this week with Paul's second letter to Timothy. Paul makes this letter more personal by speaking to Timothy about how to maintain his own walk in Christ.2 Timothy 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,2 To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, a...
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How to treat others in the church

How to treat others in the church
Paul gives more practical counsel for the characteristics of a healthy church and how Christians are to treat others in their local church body.1 Timothy 5: Instructions for the Church1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.3 Hono...
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