Sunday, 26 September 2021

The Eyes of the Lord

 Scripture: Zechariah 4 v 6 - 10: "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

7  Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8  Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10  For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth."

The prophecies of Zechariah hold a key to many mysteries, and open our understanding to the eyes of the Lord which observe the whole Earth.

In Zechariah 3 v 8 - 9: "Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. 
9  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day."

Joshua, or Yeshua, is the Hebrew form of Jesus.  We know that He made appearances on Earth from the Creation in Genesis to the prophets of old.  He walked with Adam and Eve in Eden, He gave Noah the design of the Ark, He had many dealings with Moses, with Elijah, with Elisha.  Ezekiel and Daniel saw Him and heard His voice.

Now Zechariah sees Him in Zechariah 3 v 1 - 2: "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?"

The Angel of the Lord is the Holy Spirit.  The word Angel and Spirit mean the same.  He is with Joshua, our high priest, confronting Satan who tries to resist Him.  He is rebuking Satan, reminding him that He chose Jerusalem, and has plucked her out of the fire of Hell.

Further on we see that God says He will bring forth His servant, the BRANCH.  The capital letters show the importance of the BRANCH.  This is none other than the plan of God concerning the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring salvation and rescue to a lost and fallen world.

This ties in with Zerubbabel in chapter 5.  Zerubbabel was a powerful person who would lay the foundation of this house, the Body of Christ, the Church.  Church is not a building, place of worship we belong to, made of stone or bricks.  Church is people who are part of His Body.  The souls of those who are lost and must be saved were being readied for the One who could change their destiny.

God the Father only sees two kinds of people.  Those who are saved and already in the Body of Jesus Christ, and those who are not.  Those who are in the Body are ambassadors to those outside to invite them in.  His eyes are everywhere seeking those souls that hunger for righteousness.  He will send an available ambassador to share truth with them.

Those who are enticed away from the truth by religious cults are hard to convince but everyone must be given a chance to hear.  A cult is any religion that exalts anyone above Jesus Christ, or who denies Jesus is God and Lord.  Freedom of Religion is a man made human right that is not Biblical.

Exodus 20 v 1 - 6: "And God spake all these words, saying,
2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 
3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

Thou shalt have no other gods.  No freedom of religion but we do have a free will to choose to obey or disobey God's Word.  In Communist countries to possess a Bible brings imprisonment, torture or death.  They fear the truth in the anointed Word of God.  They are god and the state is god, no other.

This applies to all the world's religions which Christians must either find a way to convert those deceived by them to the true gospel, or they will be forever lost.  Satan uses the false religions to persecute those who follow the Lamb or the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

God is watching us to see if we use the talents He has given us to reach out to the lost, or whether we bury them under our self-justifying fig leaves.  If we cannot reach out ourselves, do we enable those who do to achieve God's purpose, or do we console ourselves with giving to a humanitarian cause?  Would we rather save the whales or lost human souls?

1 Corinthians 13 v 1 - 3: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."

Charity in Old English means the Godly form of love.  If we presume that doing charitable works earns merit in God's eyes, think again. Our God has one purpose for the sacrifice of His Son and that is the winning of souls.  Every soul is more precious to Him than anything else in the whole world.  

We need to take our blinkers off and do whatever the will of God is to conquer this world for Heaven.  Satan is always on the prowl to distract us from what is uppermost in the mind of the Lord.  He will substitute every other cause to keep the world in ignorance.

If churches are not preaching salvation through being born again and baptised, or ministering the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, to equip us for doing the things God wants us to do, they have ceased to function under His authority and have become a religious meeting house.  They can do great charitable works and praise God in song, but they lack true commitment to changing people into the likeness of Jesus, and are deceiving themselves.

It is time to make some radical decisions concerning conforming to the world's view of Christianity, or stepping out of our comfort zones and breaking down the barriers and defying the enemy.  Our sole purpose is that God must be glorified, the saints (believers) must be modified, and Satan must be horrified.  If at the end of each day we can tick those boxes we will be blessing the Lord.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Your eyes are everywhere and miss nothing.  Your plan began before this world was formed.  Forgive us for ignoring the obvious and expecting You to understand.  Humble us out of our arrogant disregard for Your Word and will.  Change us O Lord to be willing to sacrifice our worldly pleasures to bring the lost into Your Kingdom where You have promised us unimaginable blessings for eternity.  In Jesus Christ's name.  Amen.