God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 13:7 (and 9, but I’ll bring that up later) which says:
““Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me!”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”
As always, we are going to try and find the Gospel in this passage. In Psalms 23 David describes the Lord as our shepherd, and David describes us as the sheep. And indeed, this is pointing forward to when our shepherd would come down and be struck. This passage is a foreshadow of when Jesus would come down to this earth and be struck. John 18:22 says:
“When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.”
If you remember, Jesus’ disciples abandoned Him when they took Jesus to His “trial”; they scattered away from Him, just like in Zechariah 13. So why is Jesus so important? He is important because (not only is He the son of God, and therefore God Himself) He loved us enough to die for us on the cross. The Gospel is the main point of the Bible, even the Old Testament points forward to it!
Now for Zechariah 13:9 which says:
“This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’””
Sometimes when we go through hard times we might be tempted to blame it on God, but sometimes God is just refining us like silver. He is testing us like gold, and we will learn that God has never “turned His back” on us. But God refines us, and we will be His people; we will call to Him and He will answer us. That’s just a bit of encouragement, especially if you’re going through a hard time! But always, please think of the Gospel when you are going through hard times, that is a huge encouragement.
Grace and Truth, Charity Cleveland