What God Thinks of Us

Read the Bible in a year by reading Zechariah 5-8 today.
Mt. Zion was the mountain, or here in western America, we would say, “hill,” upon which Jerusalem was built. Therefore, in the Old Testament, Zion and Jerusalem were used interchangeably. Moreover, Zion was symbolic of the true Zion, which is the church.
So then, listen to what God said about old Zion. He declared,
“Thus says the LORD of hosts:
‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal;
With great fervor I am zealous for her.'”
(Zechariah 8:2)
The translation called, The Message, by Eugene Peterson, has that passage like this,
A Message from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“I am zealous for Zion-I care!
I’m angry about Zion-I’m involved!”
In the Old Testament, and in the Book of Zechariah, God was frequently angry against Mt. Zion, but His anger was rooted in His love for His beloved dwelling place on the earth. Israel often did things to offend God. Yet, here He was telling them that He was zealous for Zion, because He cared for her, and He was also angry about Zion, not against, but about Zion, and against all those who sought to hurt her. Therefore, He was intimately involved in the affairs of Zion.
Are you one of the members of the body of Christ? If you are, you live on spiritual Mt. Zion. The Lord is zealous for you. He is angry over what people do to the church. Therefore, He is involved in the affairs of your local congregation.
Rejoice, brothers and sisters, because heaven is on your side!

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