Verse of the Day: V20 “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.”
1. Waters (V1-11)
V8 “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.”
In that day, or a future period of time known as the Millennium, the Lord Jesus Christ shall return to earth, and resides in Jerusalem to rule the entire world. During the Millennium, living waters shall flow out from His throne purifying all who worship Him.
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1)
2. Wealth (V12-15)
V12 “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”
In that day the Lord Jesus shall destroy all nations and people who are against Jerusalem, and establish it as His kingdom and city of great wealth of gold, silver and apparel.
V14 “And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.”
3. Worship (V16-21)
V16 “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
Every year during the Millennium everyone from all over the world shall travel to the holy city of Jerusalem to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, the King, and everything such as the bells, the pots, etc., shall be cleansed, sanctified and dedicated for His holy service.
V20 “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to worship You in the beauty of holiness.
Verse of the Day: V9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
1. Sin (V1)
V1 “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”
The Lord Jesus Christ, from the city of Jerusalem and the family of David, is the Fountain of living waters, and whosoever believes in Him, and repents of his sins, shall be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness, and shall never thirst spiritually again.
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)
2. Shepherd (V2-7)
V7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.”
Jesus Christ is the good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep and was smitten and crucified on the cruel cross, and shed His blood for the sins of mankind and whosoever believes and trusts in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven.
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
3. Silver (V8-9)
V9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
The Almighty God told Prophet Zechariah that He shall hear whosoever calls upon His name and believes in Him, and He shall be their God, and they shall be His people. God loves His people very much. He will refine and try His people as they go through the fire of trouble and testing that they will come forth as shining silver and precious gold. The people will then glorify the Lord, and become examples of His love, glory and holiness.
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalms 50:15)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to call upon You, because You are the LORD, my God.
Verse of the Day: V9 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
1. The Siege (V1-2)
V1 “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.”
God proclaimed to Prophet Zechariah that He is the Creator of everything including Jerusalem, His city, and He shall protect and preserve it for His glory and honour. During the time of Zechariah, and even today, many people and nations have laid siege to Jerusalem, and invade and attack it, yet they can never completely defeat and destroy it.
V2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.”
2. The Stone (V3-8)
V3 “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
God revealed to Zechariah that Jerusalem is like a burdensome stone or heavy rock to all who tries to lift or destroy it. Until today, the Lord has miraculously protected and preserved Jerusalem, and has destroyed all the people and nations that had gone against it.
V9 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
3. The Spirit (V10-14)
V10 “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
God spoke to Zechariah that there shall be a day when He shall pour the spirit of grace and supplications upon Jerusalem, and she shall mourn, repent, look and believe that Christ, whom she pierced and crucified, is truly the Son of God, her Saviour and Husband.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am for Jerusalem, and You, the God of Jerusalem.
Verse of the Day: V7 “And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.”
1. Beauty (V1-13)
V7 “And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.”
God commanded Prophet Zechariah to take two shepherd’s staves, called Beauty and Bands, and used them to lead the flock of sheep or the people of Israel. God commanded Zechariah to break one of the staves called Beauty, which represented Christ, and this action of breaking the stave was actually a prophecy that Beauty or Christ shall be broken or shall die for the sins of man. This prophecy came to pass when Christ, the Son of God, left the throne of heaven, and came to live, die and shed His blood for the sins of man.
V10 “And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.”
2. Bands (V14)
V14 “Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.”
God commanded Zechariah to break another staff called Bands, and this was also another prophecy that Christ, the Bands, shall be broken and rejected by His own people, the people of Judah and Israel. Subsequently, God judged and punished the people of Judah and Israel by scattering them throughout the world. It is sad that even today majority of the people of Judah and Israel still refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
3. Broken (V15-17)
V16 “For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.”
God through Zechariah warned the people that there are true as well as false shepherds. The true shepherds love and feed their flock, and heal the broken people, while the false shepherds deceive and destroy their flock, and used their people for their own selfish gain.
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;” (1 Peter 5:2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I know and believe Christ, the Beauty and the Bands.