Vision of Joy (Apple of His Eye)

Zechariah 2:6–13 (NKJV)

2:6 “Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,” says the Lord; “for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,” says the Lord. “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.”

For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. zechariah-2-8.jpgFor surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me.

The next vision is less visual and begins with direction to the Jews to flee from the land of the north, where their captivity occurred.  It is time to take action, and run home.  God declares that the time for freedom has come.  When they touched Judah, they touched the apple of God’s eye.  This endearing term signifies the love and care God has for His people.  He will shake their enemies, and His people will take spoil and head home.

10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. 11 “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. 12 And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

The Lord then declares further that not only will He dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, but that many naions will join to the Lord and become His people.  This appears to have some futuristic implications in addition to the immediate restoration of Israel.  Perhaps this alludes to the gospel reaching Gentiles, and joining them with the Jews who embraced Christ.  Again, the Lord says He will choose Judah, the Holy Land, Jerusalem as His inheritance.  God has awakened, so every be silent!  Know that God will not “sleep” forever (He never does), but will respond to our plight in just the right time.  Trust Him!

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