Yesterday, Bill told me that he has not seen many postings lately from my jaunt through the minor prophets, so this post is for him…
I’m but a few short chapters away from finishing Zechariah, in the Bible’s Old Testament.This morning, I read from Zechariah 8; God is explaining that the remnant of His people will soon be returning to Jerusalem, and that it will be ok for them to fast again (this is a follow up from chapter 7), but there was also a reminder to do the following: “Speak the truth to each other, and render sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this.”
The result of this justice and these commands will be that, “Many peoples and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going. And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty.”
And then, check this out…”In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.”
Here’s the import of all of this…God does not want empty ritual for ritual’s sake. He wants His people to love one another and others, and when this happens, it will indeed be evident to those around us that God is with us. And they will clamor to join us. They will beg to come along.
Speak the truth to one another.
Render true and sound judgment in your courts.
Do not plot evil against your neighbor.
Do not love to swear falsely.
Sounds like a plan.