09/22/15 The Old and the New

READING: Zechariah 8-14

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Frankly, while I’m enjoying this reading plan this year, I’m ready to get to the New Testament! I’m longing to get to the rest of the story — the Messiah who breaks our idolatries and restores our relationship with our Father. At the same time, though, I’m reminded today of how much the Old Testament and the New Testament overlap.  Consider these words from Zechariah 8-14 that show up again in the New Testament:

Zech. 9:9  Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  [Matt. 21:5; John 12:15]

Zech. 11:13 “Throw it to the potter,” the Lord said to me—this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter.  [Matt. 27:9]

Zech. 12:10  “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn.  [John 19:37]

Zech. 13:7  Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate—this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will also turn My hand against the little ones.  [Matt. 26:31; Mark 14:27]

Today, I stand amazed that God has given us His Word — a Word written over 15 centuries by dozens of writers, yet that speaks consistently and coherently to us. A God who chooses to make Himself known to people is an amazing God, indeed. 

PRAYER: “Thank you, Father, for Your Word. Let me so amazed by it that I cannot help but want to read it every day.”      




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