God asks Israel, “Did you really fast for Me?”

Thru the Bible: Zechariah 7 & 8

The Jews in Bethel who had returned from the Babylonian exile asked the priests and prophets if they should mourn and fast in the fifth month as they had done while in captivity. God answers them, but starts with a question of His Own which shocks their thinking and recalibrates their hearts to place Him first as the commandment says.

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Thorny Heart

The Thorny Heart Pt. 2

Series: In Pursuit of Relational Knowledge

Parable of the Heart Soils

Thorns represent anxieties, worries, cares, the seduction of wealth and interests in things other than God’s kingdom. All of these choke out and starve the seed of the Kingdom in the human heart so that it bears no fruit unto God.

The thorny heart is also the cowardly heart. It holds on to what it knows, for fear that surrendering control to the Lord will forfeit the good life for a life centered on the mundane.

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Zechariah horses spirits

Messengers of Judgment, War & Restoration

Thru the Bible: Zechariah 6

Zechariah is shown 4 spirits who are before God’s throne. They go out as 4 horses into the earth, apparently as witnesses and messengers. They “patrol” places in the earth where they are sent with the job of accomplishing God’s directives and reporting back to God.

Two are sent to the north and one to the south with no mention of the fourth.

The black horse probably was there to confirm the accusations of the tryany of Babylon against Israel when they were captives there. The white horse represented God’s judgment in rising up and sending Cyrus the Great to conquer Babylon JUST as He prophecied through Isaiah 200 years before Cyrus was even born. [See – https://grace-life.org/2022/06/cyrus-the-great-deliverer-of-israel/]

Following this vision, Zechariah was told to take up an offering from certain exiles who had returned from Babylon and make a crown for Joshua the High Priest who was a type of Christ. He is even referred to as ‘The Branch’.

This crown was to be set aside for a future High Priest and King who would come when Israel had fully obey the LORD their God with all their hearts.

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Thorny Heart

The Thorny Heart

Series: In Pursuit of Relational Knowledge

Parable of the Heart Soils

When it comes to the Thorny Heart, the thorns were already present before the message of the Kingdom was sown there. These represent anxieties, worries, cares, the seduction of wealth and interests in things other than God’s kingdom.

The thorny heart is also the cowardly heart. It holds on to what it knows, for fear that surrendering control to the Lord will forfeit the good life for a life centered on the mundane. The opposite is true of course which is the lie, this heart believes.

We only covered the anxieties, worries and cares of this life in this teaching. We will address the seduction of wealth and the lust of othe things entering in next week.

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Zechariah Spirit

Not by might or power but by My Spirit says the Lord

Thru the Bible: Zechariah 4-5

Zerubbabel is the one being spoken about in the vision and he was of primary importance in God’s plans for Israel.

The mountain set before Zerubabbel is almost certainly the overwhelming task of completing the temple but God encouraged him with this now famous phrase, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.”

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