July 13: Restoration, Jerusalem

The prophet Zechariah probably lived in Ein Kerem, outside of Jerusalem after the people returned from Babylon.  He grieved the state of the city and the land as the people delayed rebuilding the Temple. His prophesy reveals his passion for and petition to God to restore the people and the land.  We see a partial fulfillment today, but ultimately only when “all Israel is saved.”

Zechariah 1:12-15

Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, “O Lord of hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which You were angry these seventy years?”

And the Lord answered the angel who talked to me, with good and comforting words.  So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“’I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry,
And they helped—but with evil intent.”


“God is through with Israel and the church is now the chosen people of God.”


God’s promises through the Hebrew prophet Zechariah are “Yes and Amen!”

Jerusalem Botanical Garden

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