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“Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.” (1:12-13)
Even this angel has some questions about the timing of God. Patience is hard! How does God respond, though? With grace and comfort.
The people have been in exile. Israel has been humbled. Their place as God’s chosen made them a bit careless. What does it mean for us to be God’s people? 1 Peter 2:9-10 says:
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”
We are now a part of “the future” Zechariah was talking about:
“Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people.” (2:11)
This Kingdom was inaugurated with the coming of Christ and is still growing in to what it will become. We are the nations who were once excluded and are now included. We’ve begun to see and experience the fulfillment of God’s promises made 2,537 years ago. We are God’s children. That means we are loved, we have an identity and we are subject to discipline. It doesn’t mean we are the best and everyone else is the worst and we can be exclusive.
The heart cry of Zechariah is this: Your parents were disciplined, they were disobedient and experienced consequences. You’ve been given their second chance. Will you listen and chose life? Will you learn from their mistakes? Will you seek to the blessing of God in obedience or will you roll the dice again with your freedom?
We have a beautiful gift. We have an incredible identity in God’s family. We have examples to follow and not follow. What will we do with all this? In humility will we not presume to know how to best run our lives? Will we look to our Father for His guidance?
Lead me Father!!