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As I encounter the Holy God, El Shaddai, Y-H-W-H, HaShem, Adonai . . . call Him by any one of His myriad of names–as many as there are aspects of His character and people who desire to know Him–I’m confronted with unwelcome truths about myself.

I am unholy. I become painfully and shamefully aware of my sinfulness in the presence of his holiness. It is impossible to enter into the divine presence without sensing how unlike Him I am. He is righteous, pure, just, merciful . . . I am not. If I were not to remember the righteousness of Christ that became mine the moment I believed, I would be desolate and inconsolable, eternally separated from the only true and living God.

I am finite. My end is clear and unmistakable in the presence of His infinite nature. I am but dust, like grass, a vapor His Word declares. With Him, I would be insignificant, a dust speck on the face of the sun were it not for the significance He has given me, ordaining my days before the foundation of time, laying paths for me to walk in, calling me by name, collecting my tears . . .

I am temporal. God is eternal and in His presence, I am pulled temporarily into the eternal realm, but my feet are planted here–in the temporal realm. The eternal part of my being calls to me, bids me seek that eternal nature of God. It is only through connecting with God that my temporal nature can be made eternal–it is only through Yeshua and the covenant of His blood that I have the promise of eternal life with God.

My heart isn’t always right. The presence of God reveals the state of my heart. It is the light that exposes darkness, revealing everything that tries to keep secret, hidden. It is impossible to hide from God.

The character of God sometimes frightens me. Sometimes I find that I have taken for granted my relationship with the Creator. I remember His righteous standards, and I fall short. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It is right to fear Adonai. It is right to give honor and glory to the King of Heaven. In His mercy, He remembers that I am mere dust and draws me close. He alone is God. There is no other.

I am not alone in this terror of God. Job experienced this terror. “This is why I am terrified of him; the more I think about it, the more afraid I am.” Job 23:15 (CJB)

Isaiah responds similarly, “Woe to me! I [too] am doomed! —because I, a man with unclean lips, living among a people with unclean lips, have seen with my own eyes the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot!” Isaiah 6:5 (CJB)

Fear should lead us to worship for surely He is worthy of our praise and adoration.

 

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also known as “Whate’re my God ordains is right”


Samuel Rodigast, 1675
Translated by Catherine Winkworth

1 Whatever God ordains is good!
Holy His will abideth;
I will be still whate’er he doth,
and follow where he guideth,
He is my God; though dark my road,
he knoweth how to shield me,
wherefore to him I yield me.

2 Whatever God ordains is good!
he never will deceive me;
he leads me by the proper path,
I know he will not leave me,
And take content
What he hath sent;
his hand that sends my sadness
Will turn my tears to gladness.

3 Whatever God ordains is good!
His loving thought attends me;
No poisoned draught the cup can be
That my Physician sends me,
But medicine due;
For God is true,
Of doubt, then, I’ll divest me,
And on His goodness rest me.

4 Whatever God ordains is good!
My Life, my Light can never
Intend me harm; then, to His care
I give myself forever
In weal or woe;
For well I know,
I once shall see quite clearly,
That God did love me dearly.

5 Whatever God ordains is good!
though now this cup in drinking
may bitter to my taste appear,
I take it all unshrinking;
For to my heart
God will impart
A timely balm of healing,
and end each painful feeling.

6 Whatever God ordains is good!
here shall my stand be taken;
though sorrow, need, or death be mine;
yet I am not forsaken;
My Father’s care is round me there,
His arms embrace and shield me;
Then to my God I yield me.

Read Zechariah Chapter 12
1. What does the term “burden” mean in Zechariah 12:1?

2. Against whom is God speaking this burden in Zechariah 12:1-2?

3. What does God say He will do in Jerusalem in the following verses?
Zechariah 12:3

Zechariah 12:4

Zechariah 12:5-6

Zechariah 12:7

Zechariah 12:8

Zechariah 12:9

Zechariah 12:10-14

4. Copy Zechariah 12:10 here. Meditate on this. Who is the one “whom they pierced?”

 

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Come, Let Us Worship . . .

Read Zechariah Chapter 11
1. What is the nature of the judgment described in Zechariah 11:1-3?

2. What does God say of the flock in the following verses?
Zechariah 11:4-5

Zechariah 11:6

3. What does God say of His staffs in Zechariah 11:7? What is the significance of this? (You may need to refer to a study Bible or commentary.)

4. What does God say He did in Zechariah 11:8? Why?

5. What does God do according to Zechariah 11:9-10?

6. What do you learn from Zechariah 11:12-13? How does this related to the events of Matthew 26:14-16 and Matthew 27:3-10?

7. What does God say He did in Zechariah 11:14? Why?

8. What does God say He will do in Zechariah 11:16?

9. Copy Zechariah 11:17 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

 

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The Word of God

Read Zechariah Chapter 10
1. Who does Zechariah tell the people to ask for rain? Who had they been asking?

2. What does Zechariah say about the problem facing His people in Zechariah 10:2-3?

3. What does God promise in the following verses?
Zechariah 10:4

Zechariah 10:5

Zechariah 10:5

Zechariah 10:6

Zechariah 10:7

Zechariah 10:8

Zechariah 10:9

Zechariah 10:10

Zechariah 10:11

Zechariah 10:12

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Read Zechariah Chapter 9
1. Against whom is God speaking in Zechariah 9:1-2a? Where is that located in reference to Israel?

2. Against whom is God speaking in Zechariah 9:2b-4? Where is that located in reference to Israel?

3. Against whom is God speaking in Zechariah 9:5-8? Where is that located in reference to Israel?

4. What promise is given to the Philistines in Zechariah 9:7-8?

5. Copy Zechariah 9:9. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

6. What is the promise of Zechariah 9:10?

7. What do you learn from Psalm 72, and specifically from Psalm 72:8?

8. What does God promise in the following verses?
Zechariah 9:11

Zechariah 9:12

Zechariah 9:13

9. Describe what the LORD will do in each of the following verses?
Zechariah 9:14

Zechariah 9:15

Zechariah 9:16

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