Zechariah 13:9 The One-Third Left

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ ” Zechariah 13:9

Zechariah gave a prophecy of the time when Jesus was struck and the people would be scattered. During this time, two-thirds of the people would be killed off. The last group left would be put through the fire and a major test to build them up. In the end they would be His people and He would be their God.

Being the last one usually has a bad connotation. It means the person failed or is not worth the time. Children often pick the classmate last that cannot play the game well. In a race, the one who comes in last is the loser.

With God, that is not always the case. Here God has something special for those who are last or are left. At first glance it does not look like something good–being put through fire or being tested. No one likes to be put through the fire. It is hot and it burns.

The fire that God puts His people through is not a physical burning fire, but a spiritual one. It is the challenges of life. It is the allowed attacks of the enemy. The purpose of that fire is to have the person focus more on Him and trust that He will bring him through the situation. It is to burn out any sin in the life of the person.

Every believer, including you, have things in their lives that do not need to be there. It could be actions, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, or physical things. Anything that does not honor God or goes against His commands, needs to be removed. God will do whatever it takes to remove any impurities in your life.

Being refined like gold through the fire will bring that about. God left you a part of the remnant, the last third left for this reason. He has a purpose for your life. God wants you to have a life that mirrors that of Jesus, perfect, holy and righteous.

Is God able to say that you are His child?

Can you say that the LORD is your God?

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will be made more like Jesus each day; that you will allow God to refine you in His way; and that you will say that the Lord is your God.

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Zechariah 12:7 All Will Be Equal

The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. Zechariah 12:7

When the nation of Israel split up, it was split into two nations of Judah and Israel. Because of their sins, both nations were destroyed and put into captivity. After a time of being enslaved, they were released and God allowed the nation of Israel to be restored as one nation.

It was prophesied that there would come a day when God destroys all the nations that harmed Israel. During that time of destruction, God would save all the dwellings of Judah first, then those of Israel. This was done so that neither would think they were higher and greater than the other.

In this fallen world, people rank each other. Depending upon what they are looking at will determine how a person is ranked. One of the most common is by wealth, but it can be by appearance, talent, nationality, influence, or one of many other things. Some people are ranked very high on the list, while others are ranked very low.

In God’s kingdom, He does not rank the same way. The people of Israel thought that they were better than those of Judah, because they were direct descendants of King David. They thought they were the best. God gave special honor to Judah to show that they were the same.

Many in the church try to rank people in various ways. They look at how much a person does or does not give in the offering, or the type of ministry the person does, or how they dress for church. Others will look at how a person came to salvation and how much sin he has given up.

In the end, God does not look that way at people. He is looking at their heart–are they serving and following Jesus or not.

Once you begin following Jesus, you are equal with every other believer who follows Him. When you get into heaven, it will no longer matter who did what or how they did it, all will be equal.

Do not strive to be the greatest, or to look down on others who are not like you. Seek to bring all to Jesus as equal children of God. God loves you and everyone else just the same.

I pray today that God will reveal His love to you; that God will help you remove all self-pride in your life; that you will honor all who serve God; and that you will know that in God’s eyes all are equal.

Zechariah 10:1 Ask The Lord

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. Zechariah 10:1

The people were seeking false gods and idols for the rain to come. Zechariah tells them to ask God for the rain. He points out that it is God who provides rain for every person. It is also He who provides the plants for everyone.

During the Old Testament times rain was extremely important to the people. It allowed for the plants to grow. The plants provided food for the people and animals. It also provided something to sell for income needed for other things. Without any rain, they people would slowly die off, not having any food or income.

In most places in today’s society, people do not rely as much upon the rain personally. However, when there is a drought it does affect every person. The price of food goes up, because of the lack of it growing and high demand.

Without rain, the farmers cannot grow any crops. Without the crops they have no income, causing many to look for work somewhere else. Which causes a loss of someone else getting a job.

Instead of looking to physical idols today, people often look to the government or other people to provide for their needs. They make the government and other people their gods or idols.

The first place a person should look for provision is from God. God is the One who created everything that there is. He owns it all. He is the One who makes it rain, on both the believers and the unbelievers.

When you are faced with a challenging problem of provision, seek God first. He is a God who loves and wants to give good gifts to every person. The greatest gift He gave was forgiveness and life through His Son Jesus Christ. If He is willing to give that, how much more willing will He be to give you some food or some other thing that you need in this life?

Do not start with looking towards others or the government for provision. Don’t even look at your job for provision. Look to the Lord, who is full of grace, mercy and wants to give provide for you everything that you need. Take time to ask Him for help first.

I pray today that you will know the provision of God in your life; that you will seek God first in all of your needs; that you will trust God for your needs; and that God will show Himself faithful to you. 

Zechariah 9:9 Your King Comes With Humility

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

Prophesying to a future time, Zechariah talks of a king who comes in victory and righteousness to the city. This king comes in on a foal of a donkey, rather than a horse. The king is later to be seen as Jesus when He rides into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.

Leaders who want to show their power and authority will usually enter with a show of power and authority. They will not enter quietly and no strength. Kings will usually have a big fanfare ahead of them announcing their arrival. There have been leaders who place their army before them as a show of power when they enter an area.

While all of these ways do show some power and authority, none of them shows true power and authority. Coming in on a foal of a donkey appears that one has no authority or power, yet, can show solid confidence in who one is.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He did not have to show off His power and authority. The people had already seen His power in the healings that had already occurred. He had already shown His great love to the people and His willingness to serve them.

The people expected Jesus to overrun the Roman government in force. Jesus came to fight a spiritual battle against sin. This is done with love and humility, not by force. He entered with victory in knowing that in the end He would win the battle. This shows true authority and power.

There are believers today that try to enter an area by force. The physically fight for the ways of God and refuse to show humility and love.

As a believer, you need to be like Jesus. Be willing to ride the low foal of a donkey. Do not ride in with pride and greed. Show love, mercy and service to the people. These are the things that will draw people to God, not a show of power only. Walk in the confidence you have in Christ Jesus. He has given you all authority and power on this earth, not to lord it over people, but to serve and love them into the kingdom.

Rejoice for what Jesus did for you today!

I pray today that you will know the humility Jesus had for you; that you will know the true power of God in your life; that you will show God’s love and power to the world; and that many will come to Jesus through you. 

Zechariah 8:23 What Are They Saying About You?

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:23

During the time that the Israelites were in captivity, God held His hand against them. Once they had served the set time for being in captivity and turned their hearts back to God, He gave them His favor. Just as much as He was against them, He was now for them, building them back up. His Spirit would be with them so much that people would come a grab them, wanting to be with them, because they heard that God was with them.

When a person has been very successful at something, many people want to be around that person. They want some of that success to rub off on them. This is especially true when the person has been financially successful. People will talk about the wealth of someone or the business success of a person. For most people it is amazing and they want to be a part of it.

As Jesus walked on this earth, people talked about what He was doing. They could see that God was with Him. Crowds gathered around wherever He went. Before He left, He told that the disciples that they would do even greater things than He did.

Some of those things that He said they would do is shown in the book of Acts. Prison doors were opened, the dead were raised, and healings occurred with just a shadow. These are just the physical things. Letters were written that are distributed around the world to this day. Jesus never wrote one letter.

When people talk about you, what do they have to say? As they look at your life and watch you, what are they seeing?

You have God’s Holy Spirit available to you all the time. He is there to do mighty works in and through you. When Jesus is lifted up and shown to the world, He will draw men and women to Him. People will run to you wanting to know what you have. They will see that God is with you and they will want to have some of Him also.

What are people saying about you today?

I pray today that you will allow God’s Spirit to live in you; that you will allow God to work through you; that you will allow God to use you in small and great ways; and that God will draw people to Jesus through you.

Zechariah 7:4-5 Why Did You Do It?

Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?'” Zechariah 7:4-5

The people had come to Zechariah asking if they should continue to fast as they had while they were in captivity for seventy years. When he presented that question to God, He asked if they were really fasting for Him during that time. In the next verses God accuses them of mourning and fasting only for themselves and not for Him.

Very often people do many things that appear to be good and done for the right reasons. Wealthy people give millions of dollars every year. It may be that they are doing it for the right reasons, but often it is more for a tax write-off, then out of love and care for the people. In this way it is done out of personal, selfish reasons.

In the church, the same type of action occurs. People who claim to be believers in Jesus, pray and give money…in public, but at home never take time to pray. In the church they will sing songs of praise to God, but at home listen to and sing songs that do not honor God at all.

Most of what is done is about appearance, just like the Israelites. They would fast and pray, but it was all about themselves looking good, or attempting to get God’s favor. People often do things in church to make themselves look like a good Christian believer. No one wants to be seen as they really are.

No matter what is done in the church, it should be done out of love for God and love for others. This is whether it is praying, worshipping, teaching, preaching, or serving in some other way.

As you do the actions that you do, ask yourself why you do them. Are those actions for God, for others, or for yourself?

Your focus of all that you do, should be for God’s purpose. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Every action that you do should mirror those of Jesus–to seek and save the lost. Your prayers should be for God’s will to be done, not just to meet your own desires.

Why do you do what you do?

I pray today that you will do all things for God; that you will act according to God’s desires; that you will pray for God’s will, not your own desires; and that you will be a witness to this world.

Zechariah 6:15 Building God’s Temple

Those who are far away will come and help build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God. Zechariah 6:15

God had sent Zechariah to Joshua son of Jozadek to commission him to build the temple. His name means branch, so he would become the branch that will reach out to all people. People from all over would come to help him in building the temple. The only requirement needed to make this happen was that he had to diligently obey God.

Joshua was an example of who Christ Jesus would become. He was a type of savior to the people. The temple, in the Old Testament, was a sign of God’s favor, presence and power. He was to build that temple, drawing all people to it. Jesus, later, would be a temple Himself and would draw all people to Himself also.

The building of God’s temple has never finished, although it has changed from being a physical building with bricks, to a body of people. Paul said that the body of a believer is the temple of God, it is where God now dwells.

Instead of using bricks to build the temple today, believers are presenting the gospel message to the rest of the world. They are to lift Jesus up and promote Him. As they do, He will draw all men unto Himself. In that process the temple of God will be built larger and larger.

In order for all people to be drawn to Jesus, every believer must obey His word. Jesus set the example on how to spread the gospel message. It was to be spread boldly with love, compassion, grace and mercy. When a believer is working diligently in this manner, God’s temple will grow. People from all over the world will come to Him. People who are lost in sin will come to Him.

Do not try to build His temple on your own, using your own plans. Seek out God and His word to understand what you are to do in order to build His temple. Follow His rules in building and you will see success. Pattern your life after that of Jesus–the Branch, that you are a part of .

Are you building God’s temple today?

I pray today that you will be a part of God’s temple; that you will seek to draw others to Jesus; that you will tell others the gospel message of Jesus Christ; and that through you God will draw many to salvation in Jesus.