Thurs 31/12/20

Zechariah 12:10-14 & 13:1-9 … GOD’S PROMISE TO CHASTEN, FORGIVE, AND RESTORE ISRAEL.

Q.1. Did God know Israel would break their covenant? To whom was the new covenant promised? How dependable is God’s promise? – (Deut.30:1-14; 31:14-14-16; Jer.31:31-37; 33:14-26; Ezk.36:22-29; 37:24-28) =

Q.2. Has God’s promise for a remnant of Israel to be restored and live in peace be fulfilled? Can Israel be saved apart from repentance and faith in Jesus?  – (Jer.16:14-15; 23:5-8; Zech.12:10-13:1, 7-9; Rom.11:25-25; Heb.8:8-12; Rev.7:9 & 14:1) =

Him Whom They Have Pierced

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land shall mourn, each family[a] by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

13 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Idolatry Cut Off

“And on that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the Lord.’ And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.

“On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies. He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.’[b] And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’[c] he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Struck

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
    against the man who stands next to me,”
declares the Lord of hosts.

“Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
    I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, declares the Lord,
    two thirds shall be cut off and perish,
    and one third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
    and refine them as one refines silver,
    and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
    and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Did God know Israel would break their covenant? To whom was the new covenant promised? How dependable is God’s promise? – (Dt.30:1-14; 31:14-14-16; Jer.31:31-37; 33:14-26; Ezk.36:22-29; 37:24-28) =

  1. God has a plan that spans the ages and so is able to accurately declare the future (Is.46:9-11; Eph.3:3-11).
  2. He already knew when He made His covenant with Israel that they would not only break it and be removed from the land of Canaan even before they possessed the land (Dt.30:1-14; 31:14-16).
  3. He also promised to chasten, forgive, and restore Israel to the land before they were even exiled (Jer.31:31-37; 33:14-26; Ezk.36:22-29; 37:24-28).

Q.2. Has God’s promise for a remnant of Israel to be restored and live in peace be fulfilled? Can Israel be saved apart from repentance and faith in Jesus?  – (Jer.16:14-15; 23:5-8; Zech.12:10-13:1, 7-9; Rom.11:25-25; Heb.8:8-12; Rev.7:9 & 14:1) =

  1. The promise for Israel to live safely and securely in the land under Messiah the King has never been fulfilled (Is.11:1-9; Mic.4:1-5).
  2. Even before Israel was removed from the Promised Land the Lord promised to bring a change of heart, to forgive, and restore them to the land (Jer.16:14-15; 23:5-8; Zech.12:10-13:1, 7-9; Rom.11:25-25; Heb.8:8-12; Rev.7:9 & 14:1).
  3. There will be great mourning when Israel finally acknowledges their Messiah is Jesus.

(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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