- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Zechariah 8
The Lord promises to bless Jerusalem.
Zechariah records the vision that God will restore the glory and peace in Jerusalem, when God return to Zion. This is a vison of the rule of God, from which the New Testament extensively records the Kingdom of God, the reign of God.
On that day when God rules, the nation will see political stability, social justice, military peace, and religious faithfulness. They will see prosperity, joy and happiness, and promise that all nations will look up to Israel and Judah. This restoration is the result of the grace and peace of God. This vision shows a typology of the Kingdom of God that Jesus preaches in the New Testament.
The prophecy of Zechariah ends on a note of universalistic vision of the time, when all peoples from many nations, with their leaders, will go to Jerusalem to acknowledge the sovereignty of the one God, who unites all humankind. “God is with you,” indicates that non- Jews will recognize that they can approach God through the Jews.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?