Monthly Archive: March 2009

Mar 31 2009

Divert from Reading Plan for Col. 1:24-2:3

Tomorrow at Women’s Bible Study we will be looking at Colossians 1:24-2:3 together, and in preparation for that I am diverting from Malachi tonight to look at this portion of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colosse. And we start off with a bang. I love to use this verse in opening up conversations with …

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Mar 30 2009

God’s Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd

Zechariah 12 ended with Israel’s return to the LORD through the once rejected but now embraced Messiah. And Zechariah 13 opens with the fountain flowing from their embrace of the Messiah.  They now enjoy a fountain that brings cleansing for sin and for uncleanness. The cleansing comes after their mourning for the One whom they …

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Mar 29 2009

Look upon Him Whom they have pierced…& so will I

Zechariah 12 begins with praise for God’s creative power, reminding us that He is in control and completely able to accomplish what He predicts.  And for those who believe in the mass conversion of Jews just prior to the physical return of Jesus to this earth, Zechariah 12 is their passage, along with Romans 11:26.  …

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Mar 29 2009

The Price of a Dead Slave

Zechariah 11:1-3 is often understood to be yet another history lesson for us (though it was a future lesson when Zack spoke/wrote it!).  Some would say it describes the events of 70 AD when Vespasian and Titus came down through Lebanon to destroy Israel and Judah and Jerusalem. These Romans destroyed Jerusalem after the Good …

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Mar 28 2009

Jesus Our Shepherd

We may have further history in Zechariah 10:1-12 as some say it is a reference to the successful stand made by Judas Maccabeus and his brothers against Antiochus around 165 BC.  Israel had no irrigation system, and relied on rain to water their crops. In a time of drought, nothing grew – so Israel relied …

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