April 5, 2016

“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the LORD, “and I will be its glory within” (Zechariah 2:5).

Part 2 . . .

Then the LORD showed the prophet four craftsmen. Whereupon, Zechariah asked, “What are these coming to do?” And the LORD responded, “These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise his head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people” (Zechariah 1:20-21).

In other words, God used other nations to dispense His form of justice to the Jews for their rebellion against Him. After which, He dismantled and removed the power from those nations.

Hidden below the surface of these few verses is an important Kingdom principle. Just because God is using us does not necessarily mean we are walking according to His will, or that He approves of what we are doing. Whereas His ways are not our ways, He will use whatever means He chooses to dispense His righteous judgment and/or justice, even if it seems completely illogical to the human mind.

For example, although the Babylonians were a brutal, idolatrous nation, a people that sneered and mocked the Holy One of Israel, nevertheless, God chose them to be His instrument of justice with respect to the Israelites. Thereafter, the Persians defeated the Babylonians and became the dominant world power, thereby revealing another Kingdom principle.

We must not allow pride and/or arrogance to inflate our opinion of ourselves. For example, we should be careful not to become so impressed by our accomplishments that we think more highly of ourselves than we should. Having good health, excess money, a great job, and the respect of men, does not automatically mean that God is blessing us. Infinitely more important than any of these is our obedience to the LORD.

If there is only one lesson we learn from reading the entire Bible, it is this: We are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and our neighbor as our self. Everything else rests upon these two commandments.