Friday, July 12, 2013

In the Days of Uzziah

You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Zechariah 14:5, NIV

You may have heard of the cat in a barn full of mice. He pins down one with each paw, and then he sees another one! Zechariah 14 is so rich you can become wealthy in Bible knowledge just by reading it.

This chapter explains so many things and puts them in place and time, that some preachers would have to change churches or go independent if they followed it. First, who cares about the days of Uzziah? I mean, besides God. But in modern terms you could compare these days to the time of the great quake in San Francisco. That would put it into perspective.

I imagine a young person asking, "Why should I read about such an ancient time? What's in it for me?" I was like that at one time. But this chapter is about the future--events that are yet to be.

Do we care about the greatest time of trouble that will ever be, with an earthquake that will split Jerusalem? Do we care about what will happen to those who will oppose the Lord? Do we care about the fate of true believers who remain upon the earth? Do we care about one day, unlike any other, when it will become brighter in the evening? Do we care about the return of Jesus and all the holy ones with Him?

If we do, this is shown in one chapter, Zechariah 14. No matter what a person's economic status, this little chapter will make them wealthy.

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