August 5

Zechariah 9-14, Psalm 62

When people read Scripture, is it seen as academic interest or is it applied to their life. Is God's Word their reality or have they created their own reality. A year ago when current events were focused on Russia in Syria along with the nuclear deal with Iran in the headlines, I was sharing with one of my Orthodox Jewish patients on Ezekiel 38-39 and was excitedly talking about how things look like they are leading towards the culmination when Messiah will come (I mentioned that for Christians we see it as when He returns). She remarked that she hopes it doesn't happen anytime soon because she has 6 children to raise. Yesterday, I had an Orthodox Jewish pregnant patient who recently heard an ad on the radio about a medication that she had taken in pregnancy which it said could harm her baby. This is nothing new, the drug is extremely safe, but I mentioned that weak data is often exploited this way as a way of making money by the lawyers who promote this. I explained in detail that the drug was very safe and that her child has always been in God's hands, and asked if she believed it. She said yes, but continued to express her concerns, I asked her again, then a third time. Then her husband said, after the third time and looked at his wife, yes, we believe that the child is under God's eyes and they rested on that.

The amount of prophecy, both fulfilled and future in these 6 chapters in Zechariah 9-14, is nothing short of staggering. We read the prophecy of the Palm Sunday road in Zechariah 9:9, when combined with Daniel 9:24-25,and Nehemiah 2 fulfills the prophecy of Jesus coming as Messiah to the day predicted over 500 years beforehand. We read in Zechariah 11:10-13, that the Good Shepherd would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver being thrown back into the temple and used for purchasing Potter's field (Matt 26:15, 27:3-10). We read in Zech 12:10, "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn." Along with Psalm 22:16, this foretells the piercing of our Messiah 500-1000 years before occurring and before crucifixion was a means of execution. So much in these chapters, especially chapter 14 speaks both of the time and how Messiah will return.

Again, we can choose to read these prophecies with academic interest or take them to heart. Pastor Chuck Smith was once at a gathering filled with many Messianic and Gentile Christians. A debate ensued in which both sides were casting blame on whether the Gentile Romans were more to blame or whether the Jewish Pharisees were more to blame for killing Jesus. Chuck Smith stood up and said, " I killed Jesus". Explaining further that it was His sins and the sins of humanity which caused Jesus to be sacrificed. I love prophecy and portions like this blow me away. But, when we read it we need to remember that in the first coming of Messiah, like Chuck Smith, it is our sins that brought Him there. As we read of future events, we can be certain that they are on the way, since everything in the Bible has prophetically been 100% accurate. Knowing that, while there is still time, we need to sound the trumpet to a nation who is sleeping. These events are not academic, but real, and unless people wake up and understand this reality the fulfillment of these prophecies will mean tragic outcomes for them.

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Marj Lancaster