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JOY    Zechariah 9:9; 12:10; 13:1, 7-9; 14:3-4, 5b-9    Aug. 05, 007

This is the final lesson in this series from the Book of Zechariah. The name Zechariah means The Lord Remembers? The book records ten visions given to Zechariah from the Lord, and more Messianic Passages in this book than any of the Minor Prophets. Truly these events help us to focus on Joy.

1. The Joy In The . . Coming Of The Lord. Zech. 9:9; 12:10

<> A. Notice The Lord's . . Righteousness. 9:9a
        Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious,

<> B. Notice The Lord's . . Riding. 9:9b
". . . humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

<> C. Notice The Lord's . . Revelation. 12:10
"Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn.

The first and second coming of the Lord produces Joy for His children. The Joy is produced In The Lord's righteousness, riding, and revelation. The Lord is seen as righteous, and victorious! notice how He will ride in to town on a donkey. He did not come in pomp and pageantry, but in humility. Then the text shares how the Lord will come revealing His coming in a spirit of grace, and prayer. Those who witness this time of revelation will receive this event in weeping and mourning. .

2. The Joy In The . . Calling Of The Lord. Zech. 13:1, 13:7-9

<> A. The Calling Of The Lord For . . Redemption. Zech 13:1
"On that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the residents of Jerusalem, to wash away sin and impurity.

<> B. The Calling Of The Lord For . . Rebuke. Zech 13:7-8
7 Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate - the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will also turn My hand against the little ones. 8 In the whole land - the LORD's declaration - two-thirds will be cut off and die, but a third will be left in it.

<> C. The Calling Of The Lord For . . Refining. Zech 13:9
9 I will put this third through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, and they will say: The LORD is our God."

Zechariah tells us about a time in the future, "on that day," when a great host of Israel, "one third," will call upon the Lord for redemption. Some, "two thirds," will not cry out in repentance, and will be rebuked for their actions against the Lord. This time of rebuke will be severe as it is described as a time even the, "little ones," will receive rebuke. Afterwards there will come a time of refining as a third go through the purifying fire, "judgment", of the Lord. What a time of Joy it will be to finally hear this great host of Israel's people declare, "The Lord Is Our God,"

3. The Joy In The . . Confidence Of The Lord. Zech. 14:3-4, 5b-9

<> A. The Confidence In The Lord's . . Predictions. Zech 14:3-5
3 Then the LORD will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south.

<> B. The Confidence In The Lord's . . Prominence. Zech 14:5b-7
5 You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come and all the holy ones with Him. 6 On that day there will be no light; the sunlight and moonlight will diminish. 7 It will be a day known only to Yahweh, without day or night, but there will be light at evening.

<> C. The Confidence In The Lord's . . Power. Zech 14:8-9
8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea, in summer and winter alike. 9 On that day Yahweh will become king over all the earth - Yahweh alone, and His name alone. HCSB

On one occasion my wife and I stood on the Mount of Olives, and our tour host reminded us of the prediction of this verse and the earthquake predicted. We got a feeling of awe and joy in that truth. When this quake occurs it will be a time of long awaited prominence for the Lord. He will come from heaven with all His holy ones. This day is known only to the Lord, and the Lord Himself is the Light. What prominence! This earthquake will cause the, "living water," to flow Eastward and Westward from Jerusalem. I find it interesting to note the text says half of this living water flows one way and half the other. This will further represent the fairness of God as His "living water," flows to all of the redeemed. What Joy will be realized when as the text says, "On that day Yahweh will become king over all the earth. . ." What a day of Joy! Amen? Amen!