Zechariah 1-7 The LORD will dwell in your midst

From Zechariah 1-7

38 zechariah thumb Zechariah has many visions. Towards the end of a vision with a man and a measuring line the LORD makes a promise.

This post is part of my bible in a year series.

Passage and Comments

10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. 11 And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 12 And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. (Zec 2.10-13)

Many nations will join themselves to the LORD. The LORD promises to dwell among his people again. Normally the LORD dwells with his people in the temple.

Story of Israel

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But when those who return from exile and rebuild the temple, the LORD does not fill it with his glory as he did before. Does that mean the LORD will not fulfill this promise. We might know he has better plans.

Story of Jesus

Firstly Jesus is the one who becomes flesh and dwells among us. After he died and rose again he sent his Spirit. Paul speaks of the Spirit dwelling within his people in Romans 8. The language of glory, dwelling and the Spirit of the LORD resonates with the Temple.

9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Rom 8.9-11)

This time God’s people are the temple. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of God dwells in those who believe in Him. The outcome of this? Like Jesus we shall be risen from the dead.

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