Zechariah 13:7 “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
Jesus quoted from this verse just before His arrest (Matthew 26:31-32). He knew His disciples would desert Him when He was arrested. Are we ready to stand up for Jesus when to do so may cost us something?
The righteous remnant, those that do follow Jesus no matter the cost, are who v9 refers to....
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.
The first coming of Jesus, that we celebrate at Christmas time, was not the time for judgment, but rather for mercy. He was not ruler or warrior, but rather He came as a sacrifice for us. But the second coming will be different. He will return to judge and reign over the whole earth. We must be sure to live in obedience and spiritual readiness as we await His return. He is coming!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Malachi 1-4; Luke 24:36-53