Monday, January 23, 2012

Zechariah 11 - 14

Study 7 – Zechariah 11

  1. Christ clearly came to be the Messiah for the nation of Israel, of that there is no doubt. However, while He did come to bind up the broken hearted and to be salvation for Israel; He also came, “not to brin peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).  The intent of Christ and the reality of the reaction of the people unfortunately were not the same. The intent was peace, the end result, based on the peoples actions, was abandonment.

  2. To refuse Christ is to open oneself up to not only the judgment of God, but to all of the attacks of the enemy without any hope of Christ coming to your rescue. While He longs to intervene on behalf of those that He has come to save, He will not do so without heartfelt repentance on the part of those outside of His will.

Study 8 – Zechariah 12 and 13

  1. No matter how many enemies surround us – Christ can defeat them all! Obedience to the Lord and clinging to His promises is more than enough to get us through no matter how much opposition that we face.

  2. God’s people will experience times of grace. They must also experience times of repentance and cleansing themselves of false prophets. They, likewise, must prepare themselves to go through tremendous times of testing. In the end those that except the grace, run from false teaching, repent and endure the tests will be called “The People of God.”

Study 9 – Zechariah 14

  1. In the end of time the entire world will gather against the people of God. The Lord will come down and set his feet upon the Mount of Olives and ‘living water’ will flow out of Jerusalem and the Lord will reign in the city.

  2. All who come there will worship Him while all of His enemies will suffer defeat and severe plague and famine. Those that are not a part of the people of God will not be allowed to dwell in the city of God.

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