The Apple of God's Eye

Peace Wobo
Wednesday, November 6
Zechariah 2:1-13 New International Version (NIV)
1 [a]Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” 3 While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him 4 and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. 5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ 6 “Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord. 7 “Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!” 8 For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— 9 I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.[b] Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me. 10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”)
Qs 1,4
1. What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
4. is there any promise for me to believe or hope for?
Topic: The Apple of God's Eye

At the end of Babylonian exile, the city of Jerusalem was still in a pitiful condition and the number of Jews that had returned from Babylon was comparatively small. In this third vision, Zachariah sees a man going out to measure Jerusalem in preparation for the rebuilding of its brokrn walls (vv.1-2; cf. Ezekiel 40:2-3). Read vv.3-5 again. How many promises did you discover about the rebuilt city?  Write them down and reflect deeply on how these promises show God's protection, guidance and presence over Jerusalem. Do you have a deep hunger for God's protection and manifestation of His glory in your life and the various churches in your nation?

Take a closer look at vv.6-7 again and notice the command Zachariah gives to the exiled Jews  who were still in Babylon? What does that tell you about God's fatherly love and compassion as the covenant keeping God? Are there any sinful habits in your life from which you need to turn away? Note that the godly remnants of Israel were so precious and important that he described them as the apple of his eyes (v.8, cf. Deuteronomy 32:10).   Believers today are important to God as His people in the OT (see 1 Peter 2:9-10).

What next? Keep yourself pure, for you are an apple of God's eye. 

Prayer: Pray that God's called out people may remain faithful to the end.


A YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Jeremiah 13-15, Isaiah 45

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