030403 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Zechariah 14:12 Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. 13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another. 14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance.
You will probably never hear this text preached on a Sunday morning, especially in this climate of “feel good” Gospel Lite” messages blathered from most pulpits on a Sunday morning. The “but” comes in when we too easily forget that the word of God is a “two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) meaning that what the New Testament writers understood as the word of God was to be found in the Scriptures they had available to them which were the “law and the prophets.” This is a fact to easily forgotten in these times. I have even been told by some very sincere and intense “believers” that the Old Testament is irrelevant.
Don’t be misled. Remember “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Psalm 111:10, See also Proverbs 9:10, et al.) A reverence, (fear) of the mighty one, who created all, and who sustains all and is ever patient and longsuffering with His errant creation is essential to understanding the depth of love which led (sent, compelled,) Jesus to the cross.