Sunday Sermon, March 13, 2011 – Daylight Savings Time Starts

Bible reading:  Zechariah 14
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=zechariah%2014&version=NASB

Music:  We Are a Beginning, by Sarah Masen

http://www.sarahmasen.com/albums/dreamlifeofangels/tracks/we-are-a-beginning

Releases Included On:
* The Dreamlife Of Angels

Lyrics

May our standing ask permission
To be a kind of benediction
To a love we know is bigger than ourselves

The spirit and your witness
Is bearing light upon our weakness
Giving weight to what we cannot see alone

We come with what we are
We come with what we?ve done
We come with what we are
We are a beginning

In faith we look to Comfort
She is laying her old hands upon our souls as we discover
We are waking more to hope

Your committed celebration
Is part of our salvation
Holding on to what we know we cannot hold alone

Because we are not that strong
Sometimes afraid of what we?ve done
We are not that strong
But we are a beginning

We are a beginning

Pray for the bravery
To act upon the kindness of forgiveness
And the mystery of clarity sometimes
Mercy is grateful to go under all our failures
Thanks be to Christ for severity
That?s kissed us on our cheeks

May our standing ask permission
To be a kind of benediction
To a love we know is bigger than ourselves

Because we are not that strong
Most times afraid of what we?ve done
Oh we are not that strong
But we are a beginning

We are a beginning
We are a beginning
We are a beginning

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes
1 Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you.

2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.

3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.

5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

6 In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.

7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.

8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.
God Will Be King over All
9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses.

11 People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12 Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.

13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the LORD will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another.

14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance.

15 So also like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.

16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

18 If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

20 In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD ” And the cooking pots in the LORD’S house will be like the bowls before the altar.

21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts in that day.

Sermon from Bible Stories and Their Inner Meaning:  A Family Study Guide, by W.L. Worcester

From: http://swedenborgdigitallibrary.org/sower/pr/Zech69.htm

Lesson 69
Zechariah 14: The Lord to be King
Contents

The first section of this prophecy (chapters 1-8) clearly deals with the great event of the rebuilding of the temple. The second section (chapters 9-14) is entirely devoid of historical references. Commentators have sought to assign a date to it mainly from the names of places and words used in it. They have endeavored also to identify certain obscure utterances as having reference to specific historical events. Thus 12:11 is supposed to refer to the national mourning for the death of Josiah at the battle of Megiddo. (2 Chron. 35:24-25) But all such identifications are merely hypothetical. The date for determining the age to which this section belongs and the circumstances under which it was written are very uncertain. “They elude us by their indefiniteness and baffle us by their inconsistency. The didactic element gives way almost entirely to the apocalyptic.” The last six chapters are full of symbol and allegory or parable, and are with one exception not intended to be taken literally. That exception is the well known passage in chapter 9:9. (See Matt. 21.)

It is impossible to construct any connected statement of the parts of these chapters. They are not related to each other in any way in the letter. For this reason they are little read, and it is difficult to remember their contents.

The fourteenth chapter presents a vision of a day of judgment and redemption. Jerusalem is destroyed. Half her inhabitants are taken into captivity. Then the Lord comes to perform judgment. That day shall be a gloomy one – “not day nor night” – but “at evening time it shall be light.” Living waters shall proceed from the city, and the Lord shall be made king over all the earth. “In that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one.” Jerusalem shall be exalted, and people shall dwell safely therein. The enemies who fought against her shall perish by the plague and internecine warfare. But all who come to worship the Lord at Jerusalem shall be preserved. Everything within the temple shall be consecrated to the Lord: nothing that is unclean shall enter therein.

Spiritual Study

“Behold the day of the Lord cometh.” It is the time of judgment. The Lord fights against those who are in evil and disperses them. (P. P.; E. 405) That day is known only to the Lord. The state when humanity is ripe for judgment is known to the Lord alone. That day is “not day nor night: but it shall be that at evening time it shall be light.” The time when the Passover was prepared was “between the evenings.” (Exod. 12:6, marg.) That was a time of judgment. Likewise the cloud that preceded the children of Israel out of Egypt gave light by night to them but was darkness to the Egyptians. (Exod. 14:20) At eventide it is light means that “it is evening to the evil [their last state], but light to the good.” (E. 405) When living waters proceed from Jerusalem, Divine truths proceed from the Lord. And He “shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one.” This is one of the forcible passages in the Old Testament respecting the unity of the Lord the Savior as the only God in heaven and in earth. (L. 45) “In that day,” when evil is subdued His Sole Sovereignty is clearly recognized.

The bells of the horses upon which were inscribed the words “HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD” present an interesting and beautiful picture. “The bells of the horses signify scientifics and knowledges and thence preachings, which are from the understanding of truth: and since all understanding of the truth is from the Lord, and thence the knowledges and preachings themselves, therefore it is said that upon the bells of the horses will be Holiness to Jehovah.” (E. 355) On the hem of Aaron’s garment, there were pomegranates and bells of gold. “And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his voice [i.e., the sound of the bells] shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord, and when he cometh out, that he die not.” (Exod. 25:33-35) The bells “signify all things of doctrine and of worship passing to those who are of the church, and this because by means of the bells the people heard and perceived the presence of Aaron in ministering.” (A. 9921) When the Lord comes, all knowledges from the understanding of truth, and every lowest form of truth (every pot in Jerusalem) shall be consecrated to His service. And no Canaanite or merchant shall enter the house of the Lord. His house shall be a house of prayer and not frequented by any moneychangers, any self-seeking spirit. (Matt. 21:12) “There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Rev. 21:27)

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