The Lord Fights for Us

This word of the LORD of hosts came:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

I am intensely jealous for Zion,
stirred to jealous wrath for her.
Thus says the LORD:
I will return to Zion,
and I will dwell within Jerusalem;
Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,
the holy mountain.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,
each with staff in hand because of old age,
shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.
The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Even if this should seem impossible
in the eyes of the remnant of this people,
shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,
says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,
and from the land of the setting sun.
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God,
with faithfulness and justice.
(Zechariah 8:1-8)

Scripture Study

8:1 Lord of hosts The divine title here is used throughout the prophets (e.g., Isa 1:9; Jer 6:6; Mic 4:4; Hab 2:13; Zeph 2:9; Hag 1: 2; Zech 1:3; Mal 1:4). The title asserts the LORD’s role as commander-in-chief of the heavenly armies.

8:2 Zion Another name for Jerusalem, “Zion” symbolized God’s choice of the city as His dwelling. God’s care for Zion is a major theme in Isaiah. Isaiah addresses the question of whether God will preserve the city precisely because it is His special dwelling, or whether He will allow it to be purged and purified through judgment. I am intensely jealous for Zion, stirred to jealous wrath the LORD is fiercely protective of His people. All nations who come against Israel will experience the wrath of God (see Gen 12:3).

8:3 I will dwell within Jerusalem A reference to the messianic reign (Psa 2:6), when the LORD Himself will reign over the entire earth from Jerusalem (Joel 3:16–17; Zech 14:9; see note on Zeph 1:4). the holy mountain Jerusalem is situated at the top of a mountain.

8:4 Old men and old women Symbolizes the peaceful state of the city.

8:5 boys and girls Creates a merism with the old men and women of Zech 8:4.

8:6 Even if this should seem impossible Zechariah depicts his audience as skeptical of this kind of transformation. At this time, Jerusalem was largely unpopulated and full of ruins (see Neh 7:4).

8:7 my people Refers to the Israelites, whom the LORD redeemed from Egypt (Exod 3:7, 10; 5:1; 6:7; 7:4, 16; 8:1). I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun and from the land of the setting sun Represents all nations on the earth.

8:8 they will dwell within Jerusalem The gathering of the Jews to the land of Israel is a common theme in the prophets (e.g., Ezek 20:33–44; Amos 9:14–15; Zeph 3:20). They shall be my people Compare Hosea 2:23. with faithfulness and justice This situation will be the opposite of Isa 48:1, which uses the same words.

Scripture Reflection

God will fight on our behalf. This is the message of the Prophet Zechariah. Zechariah also tells God’s people to carry out the tasks of Go by rebuilding his temple. As God’s people renew their relationship with Him, after their time in exile, they must also renew their worship. To do this, they need to continue rebuilding their place of worship, the temple.

At times, we need to rebuild the temple in our hearts. We need to refocus on God and make room for him. God will gather us to himself, to worship him and honor him, and this will transform everything! We simply have to respond to God; to make room for Him in our lives; to worship with our entire being.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.