Time to finish off chapter 8: Zechariah 8:14-23
v14: ‘Determined’: G-d was very clear, right from the beginning, that if we obey Him we will be blessed. If we disobey, we will be cursed (G-d Himself will mete out disaster/discipline to us) – Deut 30:11-20
v15: “In these days” – In the time of redemption
· ‘Do not fear’ is another idiom to be of courage and to walk faithfully before G-d who will fulfill what He has promised.
v16: Truth is the foundation for everything that G-d did, does and is going to do.
· Gates – Places where judgements were handed out (eg like the courts of today).
v19: We dealt with the 5th month fast (Jer 52:12-13)and 7th month fast (Jer 40:8-16 and chapter 41) a few days ago (see post on 30th March). The fast of the 4th month is commemorated as the time when the city of Jerusalem was broken up (Jer 52:6-11)
The fast of the 10th month was when the king of Babylon turned against Jerusalem (Ezekiel 24:1-2)
· These were all humanly appointed fasts that had to do with the Babylonian exile – seen as the worst time for the Jewish people.
v20-22: At the time of the end the Jewish people, as well as many nations, will come to Jerusalem to seek G-d. In the last days G-d is going to restore His covenant to His (natural ie Jewish) people. They are going to come to faith and are going to be a great source of evangelism. As a result, many people and strong nations are going to go and seek G-d’s face.
v23: The Jewish garment (called ‘sleeve’ here) that the Gentiles grab hold of is the prayer shawl – still worn by many Jewish men today.
· Ten men – Ten is a number that speaks of completion.
· “Let us go with you” – The promise that the Jewish people will be a great source of evangelism in the last days – many Gentiles will be brought to faith through them.