Zechariah the prophet carries about the joy and burden of the Word of the Lord. God speaks liberating words of restoration and promises of new beginnings for the people of Israel and Judah. God is jealous for their devotion and love and is bringing wonderful things to pass. A return to wholeness is promised, and a new season of vitality is in the plans that God has for them. A return to Zion and a promise of safe dwelling in Jerusalem. A new destiny with a new name and calling. Now they will be called “the Faithful City,” and “the Holy Mountain.” The seniors will return to sitting in the city squares, children will bring their joyful energy, and it will be “marvelous” to the city dwellers and the Lord Almighty. In addition, God will save this remnant of God’s people from the assault from their enemies, as strong hands rebuild the House of God, and thereby businesses will flourish.
The presence of God will top off these enriching promises! Nothing is greater than the presence of the Lord in one’s life, the community of faith, and the city. The seeds of faith will be planted on this foundation and grow to God’s glory. “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people … so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
So let us, First Baptist Church, plant seeds of faith so we too can see the glory of God at work in our midst!
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Senior Pastor
Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. service only for the entire month of July & Friends and Family Day) Sunday School: 9:45 am