A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, April 2, 2014
“Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; My house shall be built in it,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.”’ – Zechariah 1:16
Approximately one year ago, the Lord took me on a fourteen-day journey in the Book of Zechariah. I cannot begin to articulate how God met me, ministered to me, and brought me to a new place of tender intimacy with and in Him. Zechariah breathes new life into God's love for us; and why we love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We are our Father's inheritance, the apple of His eye. Do you want God's love to capture your heart and lead you to an even deeper devotion to Him? Then devote the next 14 days to meeting your Most Tender and Loving Father in the Book of Zechariah.
I was drawn to the “surveyor’s line” in this verse, as it lit up before my spiritual eyes. For me, this entire verse builds out ward from this line. This revelation will become apparent, as the Great Surveyor unlocks the mystery contained within His ancient Word, which is also a right-now Word for us today.
The Hebrew word for “returning” as used in this verse is shuwb (pr. shoob), and means “return to the starting point” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). This has amazing and profound significance because the Hebrew name of Jerusalem (Yeruwshalaim, pr. Yer-oo-shaw-lah-im) means “the true pointing, founded peace.” The capital city was named Jerusalem, because its people were God’s originally-chosen people (and still God’s chosen people today). Since Jesus’ birth, all people who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are counted among The Holy Father’s chosen people. The Word of God tells us that the message went from the Jews to the Gentiles (Acts 18:6), meaning that the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was made available to all people, regardless of ancestry or origin.
God was returning to the starting point of His true pointing. Not just any starting point, but His true point; which was the point before time began, when the Perfect Creator spoke His intent into existence and the “In the beginning…” was formed and made manifest (Genesis). It was here that God was returning to His intent, and restoring His people to who He originally intended them to be, us to be. Who God restores, He protects. God’s protection is woven into and surrounds His restoration.
God’s “mercy” used here is His racham (pr. rakh-am), which is His “compassion (in the plural), the womb (as cherishing the fetus), tender love.” God’s compassion has to be plural, because He is a Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). God is restoring His people of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, back to His intent for them. Since God is outside of time, tomorrow is already God’s yesterday. The past, present, and future all intersect at God’s one true point when He made His intent manifest by speaking it into existence. The Great Beginning declares in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” The psalmist King David points to this truth, as he testifies “For you [God] created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb” (Psalm 139:13).
The womb was and is intended by God Himself to be a place of creation, restoration, and great protection; and the ungodly act of abortion was to have no place in this sacred space. Abortion is of the devil. It is foul, and comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The devil is a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). I had no intention of going here, but God Himself spoke this strong Word of Truth through me as I was typing His message. Think of the power in this verse (Zechariah 1:16) of God returning to His mercy for His people!
The “line” (qav, pr. kawv) that our Merciful and Loving Father is stretching forth is a “cord (as connecting), a measuring cord (as if binding), a fastening.” Our Father has come to reconnect His umbilical cord back to His children! We, His sons and daughters, are being restored because our Daddy is fastening us, connecting us, to Him by His fraternal cord, which connects us and restores us to our God-given identity, plan, purpose, and eternal destiny! My God, my God! Are you catching this monumental revelation, family?!
The Father “stretches forth” (natah yatsa, pr. naw-taw yaw-tsaw) His cord. He is “pitching, spreading out” His protection of connection; and therefore, His mercy is “bringing and breaking us out, and carrying us out.”
Are you ready to come out of that false identity that the devil crippled you with, and be reconnected and restored to your Loving Father, my brother? Will you allow your Daddy to carry you out of your tired and broken-down life, my sister? Then grab hold of your Father’s umbilical cord, as He begins to reattach Himself to you, and return and restore you to your rightful place, which is found in His beginning.
Father, thank You for returning to us with Your mercy. Thank you for restoring us to who You called us to be, to whom You intended for us to be in You. We call on You now to break off of us the false guard that the devil and the world has placed upon us, and to let You in completely. Perform that restoration work in us and in our lives that You have been yearning to do. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are now walking in Your identity, plan, purpose, and destiny that You spoke into us in the beginning. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to go back to the beginning in and with God each and every day. Choose to seek the Lord throughout the day, and spend time with Him in His Word. Choose to decree and declare God’s Word over you and your life. And continue to fight the good fight of allowing your Holy Father to return to you with His mercy; for God, your Beginning and your End, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.