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27 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. Jeremiah 31:27-28

This is an important verse for establishing the relevance and the timing of a passage of Scripture that I want us to look at today, so let's quickly review this one in Jeremiah 31. God said He would sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah with the seed of Gentiles and the seed of Animals. They already had God's promises in Genesis, Deuteronomy, and elsewhere about God making their seed as numerous as the stars of heaven, as the sand by the seashore and in Deuteronomy 1:11 taking their seed that was as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand by the seashore and multiplying that number by a thousand. There's clearly no way this passage in Jeremiah 31:27-28 is talking about God multiplying the number of Jews. It would not only be redundant, but this passage leads into Jeremiah 31:31-34 where the New Testament is prophesied about and clearly the New Testament speaks often about God grafting the Gentiles into Israel through the Cross of Christ. That's what this is talking about with saying that the Deuteronomy 1:11 thousandfold is their being increased with the grafted in seed of Gentiles and with the grafted in seed of Animals. Remember this with every other passage we look at today 'cause it'll speak volumes of relevance to each verse of Scripture we're looking at today.

7 You who are named the house of Jacob: “Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted? Are these His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly? Micah 2:7

We've had a tendency to exaggerate in theological and Church circles with saying that the couple of Old Testament negative judgments of Israel mowed down every last Jewish person like a finely-tuned laser butchering an ant hill, but it says in 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

The judgments of God's Word in the Scriptures was ongoing. This passage not only is talking about their ancestors, but also the heads of their communities and clearly the term "fathers" was a generic term for the leaders of their families and communities. And His judgments are laid out in the Scriptures without the eternal punishment exaggerations of the Augustinians that became standard mistranslated chapter and verse in the King James Bible and other (mis)translations of the Bible that by their own admission "follow in the traditions of the King James Bible." 2Corinthians 5 speaks of our appearances before our High Priest in the New Testament:

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2Corinthians 5:10

This passage about the same activities of God in the New Testament as in the Old Testament through Christ Jesus, our High Priest, is extremely instructive. It's proportioned judgment according to what one has done, whether good or bad, not an infinity of God's loathing in a Pagan Hell for as long as God exists! Every judgment in the New Testament has the same structure, format, causes, duration, and magnitude as every judgment in the Old Testament:

14 For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him. 2Samuel 14:14

Last two chapters of the Book of Revelation speaks of those who are outside of our Hebrews 12:22 Covenantal existence. God devises means so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him! Acts 17 speaks of this:

26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Acts 17:26-28

It says in 2Samuel 14:14 that God does devise means so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him. It's the same outsiders that the last two chapters of the Book of Revelation are talking about who are living separated lives from our Hebrews 12:22 Covenantal existence in Christ. There's many who are looking at the economy that the United States and other nations of the world have right now and they're already believing the mythical Great Tribulation of the blinded Premillennialists is upon us, at least some prelude to it, but I hear the Spirit of the Lord declaring something else entirely, and all based on each passage that I've brought up in what I've said above. Zechariah 8 is in the context of God's prophetic answer to those that were fasting regularly in Zechariah 7, or had done some extended fasting without seeming to hear from God yet. There are many among us today who need to hear this Word of the Lord that He's speaking with relevant timeliness to us, not only about us but about the entire world's economy, in the Name of Jesus. There's a Word here regarding those who've been outside of our Hebrews 12:22; Zechariah 2:4-5 New Jerusalem Covenantal existence:

7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the rising sun and from the land of the setting sun; 8 I will bring them back, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. They shall be My people and I will be their God, in truth and righteousness.’ (See: Zechariah 14:6-7 on this being a global Kingdom that the sun never sets on.) 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong (Hebrews 12:12-13; Hebrews 6:2; Mark 16:18; Isaiah 11:2-9; Isaiah 40:11), you who have been hearing in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets (Romans 10:14-20), who spoke in the day the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord of hosts (1Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), that the temple might be built (Ephesians 2:21-22; Revelation 21:3). 10 For before these days there were no wages for man nor any hire for beast (Proverbs 12:10; Isaiah 63:14); there was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in; for I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor (notice this verse is speaking of economic enemies). 11 But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Zechariah 14:12-21; Romans 8:18-30),’ says the Lord of hosts. 12 ‘For the seed shall be prosperous (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Psalm 112:2; Romans 8:18-30; 3John 1:2), the vine shall give its fruit (John 15:1), the ground shall give her increase (Luke 8; Proverbs 16:24; Isaiah 66:14; Romans 8:18-30; Isaiah 65:19-22), and the heavens shall give their dew— (Psalm 110:3; Isaiah 30:23-25; Joel 2:22-23; Zechariah 10:1; Zechariah 14:16-21; Isaiah 65:24) I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these (Zechariah 14:16-21; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Isaiah 65:19-25). 13 And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Esther 9:27; Ephesians 3:6; Galatians 3:8, 13, 14, 29; Matthew 25:41-46), so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing (Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 3:14). Do not fear (2Timothy 1:7), let your hands be strong (Hebrews 12:12-13; Hebrews 6:2; Mark 16:18; Isaiah 11:2-9; Isaiah 40:11).’ 14 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath (2Corinthians 5:10-11; Hebrews 10:26-31; Matthew 25:41-45; 2Samuel 14:14; Isaiah 54:7-8),’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I would not relent (Matthew 25:46; 2Samuel 14:14), 15 So again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22) and to the house of Judah (Hebrews 7:1-22; Hebrews 8:7-13). Do not fear (2Timothy 1:7). 16 These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor (Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 4:25; Proverbs 16:24; Isaiah 66:14; 2John 1:4; 3John 1:3-4); Give judgment in your gates (Revelation 21:25-26; Psalm 149:9; Proverbs 16:24; Isaiah 66:14) for truth, justice, and peace (1Corinthians 6:1-4; Isaiah 54:9-15); 17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor (Ephesians 4:31; Proverbs 12:10; Zechariah 8:10); and do not love a false oath (Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:6). For all these are things that I hate (Revelation 2:6, 15),’ says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:7-17

Because I've mentioned this passage numerous times in the past, but have given very little commentary on it, I'll conclude here for now, encouraging you to reread Zechariah 8:7-17, prayerfully, again and again and again, looking up each passage of Scripture that I've brought up with this passage in the Scripture references listed throughout my above quotation of it. We'll go very far into this passage because it is God's Word to us this decade, but I need each of you to familiarize yourself with Zechariah 8 very carefully and with every Scripture reference that I've listed above as shedding much New Testament light on that passage. It's a passage I'll be sharing for the rest of the decade, so unless we lose touch with one another it's doubtful you'll lack the most thorough exhortation and edification and occasional rebuke (where necessary) where this passage is concerned. Spend an hour a day with this message for the next couple of weeks carefully looking at Zechariah 8:7-17, or really all of Zechariah chapter 8 with all of the verses of Scripture that I've supplied above.

I inserted numerous Covenantal passages for Animals in the passage not only because of Jeremiah 31:27-28 and every supporting text that I've supplied before, but because Zechariah 8 mentions the beasts of the field and their omission from further mention in the passage is simply one of those limitations of human languages and not with the intended consequence that God had nothing to speak to them as Joel 2:22, Zechariah 2:4-5 and many other passages I've mentioned in the context of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant clearly bares out. My hopes are that you'll come to see absolutely everything within Zechariah 8 and that in the days ahead it'll be more preached than Romans 8 ever was in the past. That's a big reason for all of the cross-referencing above for those who feel like “okay, if it's so important.....I don't 'get it'....!” Just read the passage with the above Cross-referencing very carefully over the next SEVERAL days and again, I assure you we'll revisit Zechariah 8 many, many times!

 

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