King over all!
Scripture reading for October 3rd: Zechariah 12-14
“This is what the Lord says concerning Israel. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: ” I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.”” Zechariah 12:1-3a
God has some serious plans for Jerusalem and Judah. He foretold a time when all nations would be gathered against Israel and Jerusalem. Their attack will not succeed because God will be with His people. God stated that He would destroy all nations that attack Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:9)
God was going to pour out on Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication, and they would mourn for Jesus, the one they have pierced. (Zechariah 12:10) (John 19:34-37) He promised to open up a fountain for the house of David to cleanse them from sins and the land from idols. (Zechariah 13:1) The wounds that would cleanse them would be received at the house of his friends! (Zechariah 13:6) The sword would strike the Shepherd of the Lord and the sheep would be scattered. (Zechariah 13:7) (Matthew 26:31-32) God’s people would be refined in the fire of the last days! (Zechariah 13:8-9)
Jerusalem would be captured and houses ransacked and women raped. Suddenly, the Lord will put his feet on the Mount of Olives and it will split in two, creating a great valley. It will make a way of escape for God’s people! (Zechariah 14:4-5) It will be a day with no daytime or night. It will be a day when living waters will flow out of Jerusalem.
“The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.” Zechariah 14:9
Jerusalem will be lifted up and inhabited. It will be secure and never again destroyed. The nations that attacked Israel will be struck with a terrible plague that will cause their flesh to rot while standing on their feet and the eyes to rot in their sockets! There will be a great panic and these enemies will attack each other. (Zechariah 14:12-16) But God’s people will be pure and secure forever!