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.