Monday, December 04, 2006

My Sunday School Lesson - Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2
By Terry L. Pruitt

Main Idea: The Lord will protect his people.

I. Man with the Measuring Line Zechariah 2:1,2
II. Jerusalem is so Large That It Has No Walls Zechariah 2:3-5
III. Return to Jerusalem You Who Are Scattered Zechariah 2:6,7
IV. Those Who Harm God's People Will Suffer His Wrath Zechariah 2:8-9
V. Many Nations Will Follow The Lord Zechariah 2:10-13

1. Josephus was looking for one literal fulfillment of this passage. Clark's commentary says...

The vision with which this chapter opens, portended great increase and prosperity to Jerusalem. Accordingly Josephus tells us, (Wars v. iv. 2,) that "the city, overflowing with inhabitants, extended beyond its walls," as predicted in the fourth verse, and acquired much glory during the time of the Maccabees; although these promises, and particularly the sublime image in the fifth verse, has certainly a still more pointed reference to the glory and prosperity of the Christian Church in the latter days, 1-5.

2. The Lord protects his people. In the last chapter we saw that the Lord not only let the four horns scatter the Jews, but we also saw God crush these oppressors for their harm to God's people. While the Lord may use a bully or an oppressor in a Christian's life, it does not turn out well for the bully. Have you been a bully or oppressor? Have you been the victim of a bully or oppressor?

3. It has always been God's purpose to bring the all the nations to himself through his people the Jews. He promised Abraham that all nations of the earth would be blessed through him. He blessed Israel by bringing the foreign Rahab the the prostitute to himself. He blessed Israel through Ruth the Moabitess. God was continually bringing people to himself through the children of Israel. When God poured out His Spirit on the day of Pentecost the apostles supernaturally spoke other languages. This showed that God had reversed the division that happened at the tower of Babel. Now he was uniting people around His Son. Who do you know that is from another nation, tribe or tongue that may not know Jesus?

4. Some people are blessed by God's people; others are cursed. What is the cause of each?

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