Renewal of the Covenant

The Lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me to you. The land of Judah will be the Lord’s special possession in the holy land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem to be his own city. Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.”
Zechariah 2:10-13 New Living Translation

Zechariah is one of two prophets sent to encourage the people of Judah during the time of the rebuilding of the Temple. He and Haggai tend to fulfill the role of Moses for their generation, as they guide a new generation into understanding God’s covenant with Abraham and how they fit into His plan. In this section of his prophecies, Zechariah turns his attention to Jerusalem and the role it will play in the plan of God again. He points ahead to a day when His presence will be known in Jerusalem again and people from many nations will join themselves to the Lord.

Zechariah’s words point ahead to the day that Jesus will walk among the people of Judah and will initiate the beginning of God’s transcultural Kingdom that is not defined by a nationalistic agenda. It points to the day that the ultimate goal of God’s promise to Abraham will be fulfilled. It points to the day that all nations would be blessed through the offspring of Abraham. God’s goal was to bless all nations through the descendants of Abraham, not simply one nation. In spite of all Israel’s failings in holding up to their end of the covenant, God was still faithful to His promise to bless all nations.

Many of us are recipients of that blessing. We may not be able to trace our biological ancestry to Abraham. Still, we have been joined to God through the coming of Jesus into our lives and we share in the blessing of a restored relationship with God through Jesus entering our world. We also have the opportunity to share that blessing with others as we invite them to join us as part of God’s transcultural family. If we try to hold that blessing to ourselves, we miss out on the opportunity for the greater blessing of partnering with God in His mission to restore all people to Himself.

Lord, thank you for the blessing of opening the doors of relationship to all people, including us. Help us to be faithful in inviting and welcoming others into your family.

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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