Today’s reading: Zechariah 8-14.
Peter Lynch had a remarkable ability to pick stocks. He managed the Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990, and under his direction the fund gained 29% a year on average, a record that had not been beaten as of 2003. The accuracy of his predictions drew legions of investors and the fund grew from an initial size of $18 million to over $14 billion in assets. We put our trust in people who are able to make accurate predictions.
Zechariah also made some amazingly accurate predictions. Five hundred years before Jesus lived, he wrote the following about Israel’s Messiah:
- See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (9:9; predicting Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday)
- So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”–the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter. (11:12-13; predicting Judas’ betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver)
- Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered (13:7, predicting how the disciples would flee when Jesus was arrested)
Zechariah went on to describe the terrible events that would happen between Jesus’ crucifixion and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Then he turned his attention to the end times when the Messiah will come again. We can trust what he said because it is God’s word, and because of his proven accuracy.
- The nations of the world will attack Jerusalem to overthrow it.
- The Messiah will return to stop the attack, setting foot on the Mount of Olives
- The attackers will be completely destroyed by a plague that destroys their flesh.
- A geological cataclysm will reshape the Holy Land, and Jerusalem will be lifted up higher than the surrounding hills.
- The Jews who survive will put their faith, the entire nation, in Jesus their Messiah.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son… On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Zechariah 12:10, 13:1
After this great conversion God says that he will dwell with his people in Jerusalem and that all the nations of the world will come to the city to worship. They will celebrate the feast of Tabernacles, in memory of the thousands of years that both Jews and Gentiles had wandered in the wilderness of separation from God. And everything will be set apart and made holy to the LORD, down to the most mundane cooking pot.
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