Midweek Wake-Up, July 12th, 2018
The book of Zechariah, like the book of Revelation has some pretty far-out imagery in it. One of the slightly easier to understand pictures is found in chapter 8:22-23. The picture is one of the nations of the world flooding to Jerusalem to seek the living God and plead for His favor. Why? Why do they come? Verse 23 explains: “In those days, ten men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
This is a fulfillment of what we were considering from Exodus 19:6 where God tells Israel that, if they keep His law, they will be a kingdom of priests. That is Israel should be a nation that displays something of the glory of God to a watching world AND intercedes on behalf of the nations before God with the goal of bringing the nations to the living God. The nations should have been able to look at Israel and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you”.
First Peter chapter 2 makes it clear that the central mission of God’s people today has not changed. Although the church is not one physical nation but comprised of people from every nation we are still called to be a royal priesthood who are all about the business of declaring the praises of Him who brought us out of darkness into His wonderful light. The watching world should look at you and me and think “there is something different about you”. Ultimately, folks should see that God is with us and, as we cry out to God on their behalf, some will say “Let us go with you”.
Have you meditated recently on the fact that you are a part of God’s treasured possession (Ex 19:5/ 1 Pet 2:9-10)?
NSC, does the world see something of the reality that God is with you/us? Do we cry out to God on their behalf?
Are we ready to explain to the watching world how they can join us?