Zechariah 8:1–5 (NKJV)

8:1 Again the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying,

This passage begins a decalogue of, or a collection of ten, promises from God to Jerusalem.  Today’s blog will address the first three.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal;

With great fervor I am zealous for her.’

The first promise of Yahweh related by Zechariah is that the Lord is zealous for Zion.  Zion has regained the Lord’s attention and He will restore her with great fervor.  He cares for her.  He loves her.

“Thus says the Lord:

‘I will return to Zion,

And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth,

The Mountain of the Lord of hosts,

The Holy Mountain.’

The second promise is that the Lord will return to Zion.  He will make it His home again.  Jerusalem will again be a city of Truth, a Holy Mountain.  This speaks to the sanctification (setting apart) of the city unto God for His holy purpose.  Jerusalem will no longer be under judgment, but will be restored.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘Old men and old women shall again sit

In the streets of Jerusalem,

Each one with his staff in his hand

Because of great age.

5 The streets of the city

Shall be full of boys and girls

Playing in its streets.’

The third promise is that the old men and women of Zion will sit in the streets, and the boys and girls of Zion will play in its streets.  In other words, life will exist in the city.  The condition of any city in the days of this prophecy revolved around the quality of life of its inhabitants, especially the very young and the very old.  This statement establishes the fact that God intends to restore the health and vitality of Jerusalem.  It will stand long enough for its people to grow old, and it will be alive enough that its young people will have children and be safe, healthy, and happy.  

These promises to Zion, Judah, and Israel are true for us today.  No matter how bad things may look right now, God wishes to restore your life to a place where He zealously blesses you, dwells with you, and gives you quality of life.  Be encouraged!  Your valley is not unending.  God’s love, care, presence, and protection are available to you.  Repent, trust Him, and live in His promises!

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