Dec 27, 2016
Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the fulfillment of this prophecy from the end of Zechariah 12:
10 NLT “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.
(The episode notes for episode 361 contain a translation note on this verse.)
However, this part has been fulfilled from the beginning of chapter 13:
“On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.
This from Zechariah 13 was referred to by the Lord Jesus in Mark 14:27 in— or on the way to, the garden of Gethsemane:
NLT “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
the man who is my partner,”
says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
“Strike down the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn against the lambs.
In chapter 64, there is a mixture of hope, regretful repentance, and supplication— including these verses:
NLT For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
5 You welcome those who gladly do good,
who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
how can people like us be saved?
6 We are all infected and impure with sin.
When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.
In Revelation 18 we heard the chapter of doom against the city of Babylon (or Rome, or the united evil world system based on immoral commerce). If chapter 18 sounded familiar, it is because you were remembering Ezek 27.
Lord Jesus, you are named Faithful and True, and the Word of God. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You have the power to rule the nations and crush them like an iron rod crushes ceramic pots. The sword that comes from your mouth is able to kill all your enemies in one stroke. We rejoice with those in heaven at your victory, but our rejoicing is mixed with pity at the fate of those who do not follow you. Lord, please have mercy on us! We cry out for mercy because we are not ready for your victory. We personally mourn because of our own moral failures and mistakes. Please forgive us. And we mourn because of friends and relatives with whom we haven’t been loving enough to share how they may be saved. And like Isaiah said, all the while we have been wasting time, You have been ready to answer our prayers. Yet we have not prayed! You have been saying, “Here I am; I will help you,” and we have not asked you to help us. So we will ask you now for those we care about who do not know you. Lord, help them to find You. And give us courage to speak to them about You.