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Measuring Our Blessings

John Collins12/24/2012In Zechariah 2, God tells Zechariah of the blessings that are about to come.

Though God's wrath had been against Jerusalem for their idolatry, God told Zechariah that it would not always be so.  They were the apple of His eye, His children.  As a father loves his wayward child, God loves His children with undying love.

By vision, Zechariah saw a man on his way to measure Jerusalem.  Zechariah asked him where he was going, and the angel came forward with another angel to meet him.  The second angel told the first, "Quickly!  Say to the young man that Jerusalem will be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the great number of people and livestock within.  And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares Yahweh, and I will be the glory in her midst."

Zechariah witnessed the Father preparing His Son for His coming, and His Son, the Master Builder, was measuring the coming glory.  God had spread Israel to the four winds but would be calling them all back to Jerusalem.  All the nations that plundered Israel would become plunder for their servants, the children that were the apple of God's eye.

God told Israel to rejoice and be glad, because He was coming to dwell in their midst.  Many nations would become God's children in that day, and He would dwell in their midst.  All would know that the Lord of Hosts had sent the Master Builder to Jerusalem, God's chosen people.

The angel said, "Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused Himself from His holy dwelling!"

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we rejoicing that God sent His Son to make His dwelling place within our hearts?  Do we consecrate our lives to Him, the One who made our bodies into the temple?  Do we rejoice that His Son came, or do we rejoice because some other religious person has came?  Have we made our temples wholly consecrated to God, or have we polluted it with the doctrines of men?