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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

JEHOVAH Requires Justice And Mercy in Life, Not Just Fasting And Offering Sacrifice In Duty





Zechariah 7:1-14 NIV








Justice and Mercy, Not Fasting





1In the fourth year of King Darius, The WORD of The LORD Came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. 2The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat The LORD 3by asking the priests of The House of The LORD ALMIGHTY and the prophets, 

“Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”



4Then The WORD of The LORD ALMIGHTY Came to 

me: 


5“Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for ME that you fasted? 6And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? 7Are these not The WORDS The LORD Proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?’ ”



8And The WORD of The LORD Came again to 

Zechariah: 


9“This Is What The LORD ALMIGHTY Said:


‘Administer true justice;






 Show mercy and compassion to one another. 

10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the 

foreigner othe poor. Do not plot evil against each 

other.’






11“But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. 12They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to The Law or to The WORDS that The LORD ALMIGHTY Had Sent by HIS SPIRIT through the earlier prophets. So The LORD ALMIGHTY Was Very Angry.


13 “ ‘When I Called, they did not listen; so when they called, I Would Not Listen,’

 Says The LORD ALMIGHTY. 


14‘I Scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.’ ”








Zechariah 7





In the fourth year of Darius - Two years after the series of visions, shown to him, and two years before the completion of The Temple. Chisleu being December, it was the end of 518 B.C.



7:1-7 If we truly desire to know The Will of GOD in doubtful matters, we must not only consult HIS WORD and ministers, but seek HIS Direction by fervent prayer.


The Jews seemed to question whether they ought to continue their fasts, seeing that the city and Temple were likely to be finished. The first answer to their inquiry is a sharp reproof of hypocrisy. These fasts were not acceptable to GOD, unless observed in a better manner, and to better purpose. There was the form of duty, but no life, or soul, or power in it. Holy exercises are to be done to GOD, looking to HIS WORD as our rule, and HIS Glory as our end, seeking to please HIM and obtain HIS Favor. And it was not enough to weep on fast days; they should have left their sins, and to do their duty.


7:8-14 GOD'S Judgments upon Israel of old for their sins, were written to warn Christians. The duties required are, not keeping fasts and offering sacrifices, but doing justly and loving mercy, which tend to the public welfare and peace. The Law of GOD Lays restraint upon the heart. But they filled their minds with prejudices against The WORD of GOD. Nothing is harder than the heart of a presumptuous sinner.


See the fatal consequences of this to their fathers. Great sins against The LORD of Hosts, bring great Wrath from HIS Power, which cannot be resisted. Sin, if regarded in the heart, will certainly spoil the success of prayer. The LORD Always Hears the cry of the broken-hearted penitent; yet all who are impenitent and unbelieving, will find no remedy or refuge from miseries which they then will not be able to bear.







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