God: Defender of Israel

Posted: October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized, Zechariah

Zechariah 9-10, “God: Defender of Israel”

War movies can be exciting – especially when you know the winning outcome.  No one wants to actually be caught in a battle, and war is nothing to cheer – but when you’re watching a movie play out at home, and you’re well aware of the eventual victor, then those moments of tension along the way might be exciting, but they never breed fear.  Fear comes in real life, when the outcome is unknown.

But what if you knew the outcome of a real-life battle, even before the fight played out in real time?  That would boost your confidence!  You could move forward in hope, with the understanding that although you would face struggles and challenges along the way, at least the ultimate victory would be won.

Guess what, Christian?  We are involved in a massive spiritual war, facing battles every day.  Yet we have no question of the outcome: our Jesus is victorious!  We certainly have struggles and challenges, but we also have certainty of a Strong Savior – a Mighty Deliverer.  Whatever it is our enemy throws at us, we can hope in the deliverance and protection of our Lord & God.  And that ought to give us grand hope!

Such was the promise to the Jews during the days of Zechariah.  The people had already experienced incredible hardships.  Due to decade after decade of generational sin, Almighty God allowed His covenant people to be conquered by the Babylonians.  They experienced terrible tragedy, and were taken prisoner – removed from the land of promise to be sent to the inner belly of Babylon for 70 years.  Now, they were finally free!  A number of them had returned to their homeland, and even after experiencing some political resistance from their enemies, they had once more started work on the Jerusalem temple.  God had promised to strengthen them for the task, and He was doing it.  His presence was among them, His protection was upon them, and His promise was to be with them as their God & to send their Messiah King who would reign over them forever.

But history doesn’t stand still, and it would be quite some time before the Messiah appeared.  Although the Jews in Jerusalem lived under the government of the Persian empire, the Persians wouldn’t be there forever.  Empires would rise & fall until the day the Messiah came back & established the throne of David upon the earth.  What would happen in the meantime?  Would Israel be left alone to fend for themselves?

Not at all!  God still promised to be with them, and as proof, He gave a series of prophecies through Zechariah declaring to them their ultimate outcome.  The nation would surely face hardships, but they would not perish from the earth.  In fact, it was the opposite!  God had delivered them in the past, and He would deliver them again.  No matter what earthly empire held the most power among the nations, the Sovereign God has power over all.  God said He would restore His people as a nation, and they could trust He would do it.

God is the defender of Israel: He is their deliverer & redeemer.  Likewise, we have a Defender: the Lord Jesus.  He is our deliverer & redeemer!

Zechariah 9 – God the Deliverer

  • Delivered from enemies (9:1-8)

1 The burden of the word of the LORD— Against the land of Hadrach, And Damascus its resting place (For the eyes of men And all the tribes of Israel Are on the LORD); 2 Also against Hamath, which borders on it, And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.

  • burden” = oracle.  The word lifted up.
  • Each of the cities are cities north of Israel, among the modern-day nations of Syria & Lebanon.  Hadrach & Hamath are basically districts outside of Damascus (the Syrian capital & one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities on earth).  Tyre & Sidon are on the coast of the Mediterranean.  Why are they listed as God being “against” them?  Because as the Sovereign God, He was about to raise up Alexander the Great, whose armies would march through these areas as a part of his conquest of the then-Persian empire.

3 For Tyre built herself a tower, Heaped up silver like the dust, And gold like the mire of the streets. 4 Behold, the LORD will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea, And she will be devoured by fire.

  • Tyre & Sidon had been wise & strong…Tyre, especially.  Due to its location as an island just off the coast, it proved impossible for Nebuchadnezzar to conquer, even after 13 years.  They had a powerful navy & a rich economy.  By any earthly measure, they would have been considered extremely strong.
  • Yet once God determined Tyre’s time was up, they proved to be no match for the Lord.  When Alexander the Great came through, he built out the coast all the way to the island, allowing his army to cross and conquer.  Ezekiel prophesied this as well, envisioning both the sieges of Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander in one declaration. [Eze 26:10-12]
  • Question: who is doing the conquering in all of this: Alexander, or the Lord God?  The Lord!  Certainly, God used Alexander the Great as His tool of judgment, but Alexander couldn’t have done anything without the Lord God allowing him to do so.  God is sovereign over all the works of men.
  • Of course, Alexander didn’t stop in Syria & Lebanon – he kept moving south, passing through the cities of the Philistines.  Vs. 5…

5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; And Ekron, for He dried up her expectation. The king shall perish from Gaza, And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. 6 “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

  • The Philistines would also experience the judgment of God.  They were not under God’s covenant protection, so they would feel the full force of the conquering Macedonian/Greek armies of Alexander.
  • To what extent were the Philistines overwhelmed?  They would be bred out.  “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod” – the purity of the Philistine people would be extinguished, and the race as a whole would be “cut off.
    • This has practical political applications for today.  The modern Palestinians are not related to the ancient Philistines.  The name might be the same, but that is solely due to the influence of the Romans, who renamed “Judea” as “Palestine” as a tool of humiliation, naming them after their former ancestral enemies.  The modern Palestinians are ethnically no different than the Jordanians, descending from Arab stock; not Phoenician (of whom were the Philistines).  Thus, the historical tie Jews have to the land of Israel is far older than that of the Palestinians.  (This is one reason Palestinians object so fiercely to any Jewish archaeological excavations around the Temple Mount.  They know the Jewish claim is historically correct.)
  • What implication does this have for modern evangelical Christians?  (1) We remember we worship a God who is sovereign over all nations!  (2) We remember that God’s promises to His people cannot/will not be annulled…thus we should be mindful not to work against Him!
  • Why did God choose to judge the Philistines?  Among their historical sins against Israel, they also committed sinful abominations.  Vs. 7…

7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, And the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, And shall be like a leader in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite.

  • For all of the judgment that would be poured out on the Philistines, there’s an incredible promise as well: there was hope for conversion.  The Philistines that survived had the opportunity to receive mercy, and be absorbed among the nation of Judah.  Just as David had not destroyed the Jebusites after conquering Jerusalem, neither did the Philistines need face full extermination.  Judgment would indeed come, but the God of Righteousness is also the God of Mercy.  Even the Philistines could find refuge in the Lord.
    • Anyone can find refuge in the Lord Jesus!
  • Question: is there any historical indication that this occurred?  It’s impossible to say, as the historical record obviously isn’t comprehensive.  Keep in mind that it’s possible that this could yet be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.  Although Philistines are not known to exist today, God knows who their descendants are, and He will ensure His word is true.  Just like all nations will serve Jesus in the Millennium, so will the former Philistines.
  • God’s use of Alexander’s conquests points to a marvelous work on behalf of His own people: protection.  Vs. 8…

8 I will camp around My house Because of the army, Because of him who passes by and him who returns. No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes.

  • Not only did God raise up a tool to come against the enemies of Israel, God also promised to personally protect His people – specifically saying “I will camp around My house.”  This would have been a marvelous word in the ears of Zechariah & others at the time!  For all that they were enduring to ensure that the Jerusalem temple would be rebuilt, no doubt it was a constant fear that it would soon be destroyed by the next empire-in-charge.  God promises that it would stand – He Himself would surround it, protecting His temple, and His city.
  • Did He?  Yes!  Although Alexander’s armies left a path of destruction in their route, Jerusalem was untouched.  Twice, the armies of Alexander passed by Jerusalem, and twice they refrained from besieging it in conquest…exactly according to the word of God given through Zechariah.
    • Keep in mind that from Zechariah’s viewpoint, this is all future prophecy.  To us, it is history, but for him & his people, it was nearly 200 years away.  Zechariah wrote during the height of the Persian empire – the military expansion of Greece was not even yet a possibility.  Yet what he wrote concerning Greece came true to the letter.
    • This is the value of studying prophecy!  What God declares in His word is true.  It has always proven true in the past, thus we know it will always prove true in the present & in the future.
  • Don’t miss the last clause of vs. 8.  Why was it that God assured Israel of His sovereign & personal protection?  Because He saw His people with His own eyes.  God looked upon them with grace.
  • The King as Deliverer (9:9-17)

9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

  • God not only saw His people and protected His people, He promised to be with His people when the Messiah came among them.  God had already proven Himself true to many of the promises He made to Israel, and He would soon prove Himself true with one more: a restored kingdom with a Davidic king.  Just as the kings of old would process into Jerusalem on a donkey, so would the future Messiah.
  • Looking back from 2500 years later (give or take!), there’s no doubt that this is a direct prophecy of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  In fact, two of the four gospels (Matthew & John) specifically cite Zechariah’s prophecy as being literally fulfilled in the triumphal entry.  John 12:12–16, "(12) The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, (13) took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” (14) Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: (15) “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” (16) His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him."  What Jesus did, He did purposefully, knowing that He was fulfilling prophecy.  This was not only to be a sign to the Jews (who would soon reject Him), but a sign to His disciples that He truly had come as King.
  • The imagery of a donkey’s colt is important – not simply from the historical aspect that kings sometimes did this in the past, but also from the aspect of humility.  Although God acts in His omnipotent power in defending His people, His Messiah did not initially appear to His own people in might and wrath.  He did not enter on a warhorse or in a battle-chariot; He entered on a donkey.  He came in meekness & humility, approaching His people in mercy & grace. That is the point of His 1st Coming…He comes with grace!
    • This is the very reason we can know the grace of Jesus & forgiveness of God – because He first came in humility.  God is glorious, but if we were expected to approach God in His glory, we’d all be lost & without hope.  We couldn’t approach Him, but He could (and did) approach us.  God the Son willingly laid His glory aside in order that He could be among us, dwell with us, identify with us, and die for us on our behalf.  Without this 1st Coming, we’d have no hope at all at His 2nd. 
  • Although Jesus has come first in humility, that’s not all we expect from Him.  He will return, and at that time, it will be in glory.  Vs. 10…

10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’

  • If vs. 9 speaks of Jesus’ 1st Coming, vs. 10 speaks of His 2nd.  Once more, Zechariah writes of the supernatural protection that Almighty God will give to His people, and in the process God is shown giving the King of Israel a reign that extends far beyond Israel.  The Messiah King will have a “dominion…to the ends of the earth.
  • Israel may be despised by the nations today, but that will not be the case in the future.  In Jesus’ kingdom, all attacks against Israel will be futile, and the peace of the Messiah will not only be offered to the entire earth; it will be enforced.  No one will be able to come against God’s people during that time, as they live in His perfect peace, on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Question: did these kinds of future promises offer any present-day hope for the Jews of Zechariah’s day?  Yes!  These are the assurances of ultimate victory.  This is the eventual outcome of their battles and hardships.  Whatever it was they faced in the present day, they could hold onto the promises of what was yet to come, knowing that their God would see them through.
    • Likewise for us.  This is the benefit of our heavenly hope.  We look to future promises of the rapture and heaven, not as way of wishful escapism, but for assurances of God’s love, mercy, and grace in order that we stand strong in the present.
  • Again, these promises weren’t all for the future – they had a present-day application.  Vs. 11…

11 “As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.

  • The “you also” is a reference to the then-present-day Jews.  They had hope for their current circumstances.  They had a covenant relationship with God, and they had the opportunity to live in the blessings of that covenant relationship.  The ultimate fulfillment of the covenant would certainly be seen in the future, but God still invited them to live in it today.  Keep in mind that although the Jews who went back to Jerusalem had started to experience God’s blessing through the rebuilding of the temple, only a small percentage of Jews had actually gone back.  Many had chosen to remain behind in Babylon, remaining in their place of captivity – “the waterless pit,” as Joseph and Jeremiah had each been placed in pits as prisons.  In essence, God called His people home.  He wanted them out of Babylon – He wanted them to experience all that He had for them in the present.
  • He wants the same for us, too!  Too many people call upon Jesus for future heaven, but live as if they’re still captive to the things of the world.

13 For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

  • Again, keep in mind that the mere mention of “Greece” is fairly incredible, considering Zechariah was nearly 200 years out from Alexander.  But the prophecy gets even better.  At this point, the word of God predicts a day when the entire nation of Israel (north & south = Ephraim & Judah) have sons that rise up against the sons of Greece and experience a military victory.  That begs the question: who are the “sons” of Greece?  In the succession of empires, there was Babylon, Persia, Greece, and eventually Rome – but in-between Greece & Rome came a period of instability in which the Greek-speaking kings in Syria (the Seleucids) fought for supremacy over the Greek-speaking kings in Egypt (the Ptolemies).  A prophetic overview of the conflict can be seen in Daniel 11.  The Seleucids & the Ptolemies could easily be described as “sons of Greece,” considering that they were Hellenists who arose directly out of the death of Alexander the Great.  With all that context in mind, there was one brief period of time during which the Jews experienced a briefly independent kingdom, throwing off the reins of their Seleucid rulers: the Maccabean revolt in 166-160BC.  This one line from Zechariah looked well over 300 years into the future, giving a precise prophecy about a restored Jewish kingdom, which is proven as historically accurate.
    • How accurate are the prophecies of God?  To the letter!

14 Then the LORD will be seen over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And go with whirlwinds from the south. 15 The LORD of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like basins, Like the corners of the altar.

  • At this point, Zechariah seems to look further into the future, all the way to the day of Jesus’ 2nd Coming and the Millennial kingdom.  Although Satan and his antichrist will attempt to destroy the nation of Israel during the Great Tribulation, they will be unsuccessful.  God will protect His people, and they will ultimately be delivered when Jesus returns in power, might, and glory.  Truly, Jesus “will be seen over them” as He rides out of heaven on His white horse, with the battle trumpets of God blowing.  The strivings of the world’s armies will be useless against Him, and the blood of His enemies will rise high – even to the height of a horse’s bridle. (Rev 14:20)
  • The enemies of Israel will be defeated, but God’s own people will be saved. Vs. 16…

16 The LORD their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land— 17 For how great is its goodness And how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, And new wine the young women.

  • Our God saves!  He promised to deliver His people from every enemy, just as He delivers us from the enemies of death, sin, and the devil.  He saves – He saves us from our sin, even saving us from ourselves! Why?  Because His people (us!) are precious to Him, “like the jewels of a crown.
  • Interestingly, the “its” in vs. 17 could be translated “His.”  So which is it: is it the land/people that is made good & beautiful, or is it the Lord God Himself?  Yes! J  God makes them good – God is the one to bless the land & make it beautiful.  The presence of the Lord God among them makes all the difference.
    • Jesus makes us good & beautiful!  It’s not our “life-change”; it’s His presence within us that brings the change.

Zechariah 10 – God the Redeemer

  • Initial promise of refreshment (10:1)

1 Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.

  • Although there’s a chapter break at this spot, there’s no real reason to see too much of a break in the flow.  God has promised to sustain His people in the present, protect them in the near future, and fully deliver them in the far future through the gift of the Messiah-King.  All of these promises are wonderful blessings, and that’s what the Jews are told to ask for. 
  • For the Jews, “rain” was a needed blessing and gift from the Lord their God.  Without rain, their agricultural economy would not survive.  Thus, God’s people were to ask Him for it.  But beyond the plain need for irrigation is the symbolic need for God’s overall blessing – and God’s people were to ask.  When did they need the blessings of God?  At all times: in the current days & in the latter days.  Thus the people could ask for rain in the time of latter rain.  And what was God’s promise?  He’d give the rain!  The land and the people would be refreshed.
    • Christian, ask for rain!  For us, it’s not so much the idea of physical blessing (although it is good & right to ask God’s daily provision) – it is the spiritual blessing we are to seek.  Ask for sincerity in worship – ask for courage to share the gospel – ask for the power and gifts of the Spirit – ask for renewal and revival within the church…ask for blessing!  Ask for the things that the Scripture tells us are on God’s heart, and the promise is that He will give it!
  • One reason Israel would need blessing in the latter days?  Because they had been failed by the leadership in the days leading up to it.  Vs. 2…
  • Redemption from false shepherds (10:2-5)

2 For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd. 3 “My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds. For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock, The house of Judah, And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.

  • Sheep without shepherds go astray, and when shepherds neglect their duty, this is the expected result. That’s bad enough with literal sheep – but when the sheep are the people of God, it’s far worse!  Thus God promised to rise up against the false shepherds.
    • God will punish false teachers – of that, we can be sure!
  • The bad news is for the false shepherds; the good news is for His people.  Instead of wicked men leading His flock, God Himself would visit them & do it.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep. (Jn 10:11)
  • Even beyond God’s role as the perfect shepherd for His people, He literally would “visit” them when He walked among “the house of Judah” in His incarnation.  Jesus would arise from this house – something which is hinted at in vs. 4…

4 From him comes the cornerstone, From him the tent peg, From him the battle bow, From him every ruler together. 5 They shall be like mighty men, Who tread down their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the LORD is with them, And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.

  • Interestingly, translations vary on verse 4.  NKJV says “from him comes…” whereas NASB says “from them come…”  According to the Hebrew, the NKJV, ESV and others are correct – this is a singular pronoun in use.  But the idea of a singular King/Shepherd arising from the many-peopled house of Judah is entirely accurate.  David was from the tribe of Judah, and it is the tribe of Judah that produces the Messiah.  Thus the idea here is that the Messiah IS the cornerstone, the tent peg, the battle bow, and the absolute ruler.
  • To date, the Jews do not yet see Jesus in that way…but they will.  And when they do, they will “be like mighty men,” treading down their enemies.  They will become mighty because of the presence of the Lord God among them.
    • Likewise with us.  How are we made strong?  Through the grace of Jesus – by the power of God the Holy Spirit.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing, but in Him & through Him, we can do anything!
  • Redemption as a nation (10:6-12)

6 “I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I will hear them.

  • How will the nation be strengthened?  Because God chose to “have mercy on them.”  The word used for mercy would be familiar to those who knew the prophecies of Hosea (who wrote well before the Babylonian captivity).  Through Hosea, God declared that the name of His people should be “Lo-Ruhamah,” because He would not show them mercy in the outpouring of His judgment. (Hos 1:6)  At the same time, He promised that would not always be the case.  Hosea 2:23, "(23) Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’" The generation of Zechariah’s day was currently experiencing a partial fulfillment of this prophecy.  They were experiencing the mercy of God.  But as good as things were, God promised something even better: a total restoration as a nation – a complete outpouring of mercy as if the nation had never been cast aside at all.  Vs. 7…

7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 8 I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased.

  • Notice the different names of the tribes used in vss. 6-7: Judah, Joseph, Ephraim.  Judah is plainly a reference to the south, but Joseph & Ephraim usually refer to the north.  What is prophesied is a total restoration of a unified kingdom.  North and South would be blessed.  North and South would know the mercies of God.  ALL of God’s people throughout all the tribes of Israel would know God as their God, and would rejoice in Him.  He promised to gather them back and redeem them as His own.  He promised to purchase them away from their slavery, and cause them to be increased and blessed.
  • What an amazing God we serve!  How incredible it is that He would show such mercy to such a people!  Keep in mind that we are no more deserving than they.  We have been just as sinful & rebellious, and we didn’t even have a historic covenantal tie to the Lord God.  Jesus had zero reason to reach out to us in His mercy & grace, yet He did it anyway.  Praise God for His redemption!  Praise God for His blessing!
    • Christian, this should cause us to rejoice & be glad!

9 “I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return. 10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, Until no more room is found for them.

  • We’ve already seen a lot of back & forth in Zechariah’s prophecies: first a word for the immediate people, then a word for future generations, etc.  The same thing happens here.  God already gathered some of the people back, and promised to gather more, even still currently inviting Jews to return. (9:12)  But there’s also a promise of a future scattering and yet another future return.  They had already been scattered once because of the Babylonian captivity, and vs. 9 speaks of another scattering/sowing of the Jews among the nations of the world.  Of course this is exactly what happened after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD.  Once more God’s people were dispersed – scattered among the peoples. 
  • But they wouldn’t remain there.  God promised to bring the Jews back from every corner of the world: from Egypt & from Assyria (potentially literal references, but also representative of the whole).  To date, well over 3 million Jews have immigrated from around the world to Israel, nearly 30,000 in 2015 alone.  For such a small nation, those are astounding figures!  Truly, God is bringing His people back to their ancestral home.
  • How many will come back?  Ultimately…all.  During the Millennial Kingdom, every square inch of the land intended by God to be used for Israel will be used by Israel.  That includes areas currently inhabited (or then-inhabited, according to Zechariah’s time) by other nations, such as Gilead & Lebanon.  The land is God’s alone to give, and He promised to give it to His people…thus it will be done.
  • This is His work of redemption. Vs. 11…

11 He shall pass through the sea with affliction, And strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the River shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, And the scepter of Egypt shall depart. 12 “So I will strengthen them in the LORD, And they shall walk up and down in His name,” Says the LORD.

  • As when God redeemed the Hebrews out of Egypt by parting the Red Sea – as when God brought the nation into the promised land by drying up the Jordan River – so would God act again, miraculously, on behalf of His people.  No longer would other nations rule over them – God Himself will be their Lord & King, and they will find their strength in Him.

Although the fate of Israel might seem questionable to places like the United Nations, according to God, their end is secure.  God made promises to His people, and He will see them through.  They will experience the personal protection of God, be regathered by God, and finally know the Son of God as their Messiah King.  All of those promises were certain, and they could trust in God’s work of deliverance, because they could see so many other of His promises come true.  As they watched God’s prophecies fulfilled one-by-one, there would be no doubt as to their ultimate outcome.

We also know our ultimate outcome as born-again believers.  We’ve also seen Him work in our lives step-by-step.  Take a moment to consider how many ways the Lord Jesus has intervened in your life – how the Spirit has equipped you for the moment – how God the Father has shown Himself sovereign.  With all of that in mind, is there anything in the present or future we cannot trust to Him?  He is our Defender, our Protector, and our Redeemer!


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