Zechariah 12:1–9 (NKJV)

12:1 The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

“The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. 3ffa23ea7e375607aaa254ab07a59ebeIn that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

This passage speaks of civil war among the people of God.  Israel is spoken to here as the subject of God’s wrath and judgment.  The entire nation is part of God’s plan for the earth, but there is dissension and strife among them.  God speaks of Jerusalem as being a preeminent place in the nation, but also is sure not to elevate them among Judah in general.  Every part of the people of God are coming under scrutiny here.  In the end, however, God is calling all of them to repentance and right living, and will defend them against their enemies.

When God’s people fight among themselves today, it is displeasing to God.  We should not take shots at our brothers and sisters.  Even across denominational lines, we should be able to join hands and be in unity around the cross of Christ.  Do not let your family feuds and senseless divisions get in the way of fulfilling the Great Commission.  If we come together, God will empower us to win the victory.

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