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Living Water 13
Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
3 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. 4 “Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.”’ But they did not hear nor heed Me,” says the Lord. 5 “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 Yet surely My words and My statutes, Which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? “So they returned and said: ‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has dealt with us." Zechariah 1:3-6
In this passage, talking about a previous era, God wanted humility and obedience and instead He got false humility and disobedience. The Word of God spells out specifically what befalls those who are disobedient to the Gospel without any need for any preachers anywhere, whether ordained or lay preachers, to embellish upon the judgments of God and consequently make them meaningless because they've attributed generality to the ways of God instead of His fulfilling specifics. God gave specifics of what would happen to the disobedient at His Hand so that you could know the difference between divine chastening and Satanic attack and always stand in faith on your Covenant against Satanic attacks and demand God's vengeance upon your adversary, per the parable of Lord Jesus regarding God being more faithful than an unjust judge in this world. In Zechariah 7 it says:
9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.’ 11 “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. 12 Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law (true of those who refuse to hear the Gospel as well, if one accepts at least a partial preterist interpretation of the Book of Revelation, i.e. believing at least some of it's judgments, if not the vast majority, to have applied to the late 60s AD through 70AD) and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts. 13 Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the Lord of hosts. 14 “But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the Gentiles which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
This calls God turning a deaf ear to your prayers His judgment. What do we have over in 1John 3 and 1John 5 about this:
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 1John 3:16-23
And in 1John 5:
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1John 5:14-15
The Gospel of John chapter 3 says that the wrath of God abides on unbelievers and the verdict against them is that they've not believed in the Name of Jesus, reading John chapter 3 with 1John 3:16-23 and 1John 5:14-15. Therefore, God doesn't hear the ungodly, but His ears are only turned to the acclamation of those who believe on the Name of Jesus Christ. Remembering from Hebrews 12:22 that we're in New Jerusalem if we've embraced the Lordship of Jesus Christ, it says in Zechariah 8:
15 So again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear. 16 These are the things you shall do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and prosperity; 17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:15-17
Again from Zechariah 7 it says:
9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.’ Zechariah 7:9-10
And again from Zechariah 8, we're told, as we compare these two passages:
16 These are the things you shall do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and prosperity; 17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16-17
These are among God's commandments, not through Moses, though Moses agreed wholeheartedly with these. These are God's commandments through the prophets of the Bible: You're to treat widows, single-parent homes, immigrants, and the poor with social justice. You're not to lie to, nor slander widows, the fatherless, immigrants, and the poor. If we don't, it says in Zechariah 7:
11 “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. 12 Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law/Gospel and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts. 13 Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 7:11-13
These are desperate times for a lot of people, and even if some among us are financially well off, you're not well off if God stopped listening to you a long, long time ago because of your attitudes and behaviors towards widows, single-parent homes, immigrants, and the poor! Yes, the enormity of the needs is so much. Seems as though everybody's got their hands out, whether Uncle Sam, the poor, most charities under the sun, every good cause, illegal immigrants, and concerns about socialized medicine, on both sides of that issue. Seems as though even if we rung it totally out of the nose of the wealthy 'til they didn't have any more than the poor person they passed, with a sign, on their way to the upscale grocery store. Incidentally, Lord Jesus said regarding panhandlers that it's Him in disguise ENOUGH TIMES for us to maintain a holy reverence and prayerful attitude every time we see them! How do you know you didn't pass up the poor, immigrants, the fatherless, and the least of His brethren when you turned your nose up the last time and didn't even pray with careful attention to what you'd hear from God about it, if anything?
Obviously, no matter how rich we ever become, there are equal numbers of chances, at all levels of our wealth, that we'll turn down more of them than we ever lavish it upon. The important thing is to have ears to hear where His Gospel and His Spirit are concerned, and to you who have, more will be given!! Look again at Zechariah 8:
10 For before these days there were no wages for man nor any hire for beast; there was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in; for I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor. 11 But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the Lord of hosts. 12 ‘For the seed (Galatians 3:29; Jeremiah 31:27-28) shall be prosperous, the vine (John 15) shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew—I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these. 13 And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the pagans, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will deliver you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.’ 14 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I would not relent, 15 So again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22) and to the house of Judah. Zechariah 8:10-15
As far as God setting everyone against their neighbor, that's part of God giving the increase for what His people were sowing for. There's no contradiction between what He says He doesn't want, what His people did anyway, and then it saying that He did [to and through them] what He said He didn't want from them. Again from Zechariah 1:
6 Yet surely My words and My statutes, Which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? “So they returned and said: ‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has dealt with us." Zechariah 1:6
If you get hard-headed about what you're going to do anyway, you will eventually find the Lord pushing you into the hand of the enemy, to go further than you ever intended to go, because of your hardheartedness and refusal to repent and obey the Good News that's come to you. If He let Israel go into Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, and Holy Roman Empire captivity 'cause of their hardness of heart and refusal to walk by the Written Word and by His Spirit, then He'll not hesitate to let you get demonized if you're going to presume upon the grace of God and do precisely what you know violates most of the Scriptures you've ever heard of, whether we're talking about regarding widows, orphans, the fatherless in single-parent homes, immigrants, the poor, or with regards to any other matter where you turn a deaf ear instead of turning a tithing hand to heaven to receive His blessing, according to Deuteronomy 26, and make sure you're in a position to not only inquire of the Lord for His wisdom, but to hear, receive, and do all that He'd have you to do to the praise of His glorious grace.
Your sowing and reaping is according to what you've done. Yes, God gives us prosperity via His grace, in 2Corinthians 9:8, and via the finished work of the Cross of Christ, in 2Corinthians 8:9, but your third level of receiving in this life, that often takes the longest, is via what you've done with the Written Word of God, what the Spirit of God has been talking to you about, and what preachers of the Gospel have been saying in reaffirming both the Word and the Spirit in your life! The wages of sin being death isn't a harvest exclusively sown for by the ungodly, unfortunately! I'm not talking about losing one's salvation if one's formerly embraced the Lordship of Christ Jesus in the presence of many witnesses and has walked in Him by thanksgiving, according to Colossians 2:6-7, Romans 10:9-10, and other passages of Scripture. I'm talking about green pastures and still waters, one's head being anointed with oil, being lead by His rod and staff in the 23rd Psalm until one's grown up into Him in all things, conformed to the image of Christ Jesus, and living as the one with the rod and the staff for other people and animals, according to Ephesians 4, Romans 8, and Zechariah 8. I'll close with what it says in Zechariah 8, encouraging you with all of my heart, soul, and strength to make it your foremost quest to be one of the ones that this is talking about, with the staff of the Lord. Notice how this is the other side of the picture painted by Isaiah 11:2-9 and that verses 4 and 5 of this are BECAUSE OF verses 2 and 3:
2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’ 3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’ 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. 5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ 6 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, won't it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 8:2-6
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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2
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