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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 18 - Morning

"Return to me," declares the Lord Almighty, 'and I will return to you...Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers?"
- Zechariah 1:3-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Return to Me    

Today’s text comes from the book of Zechariah, and was spoken in late October or early November 520 BC (between Haggai’s 3rd and 4th messages found in Haggai 2:1, given on October 17 and
2:10 on December 18). God reminds the struggling community of Jews in Jerusalem, who have
been back from exile for 17 years, a principle that is found throughout scripture:

”Return to me, and I will return to you!”

This is similar to Azariah’s words to Judah’s King Asa around 900 BC:

“The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”

The Law says in Deuteronomy 4:29:

“If from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos also spoke similar words:

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)


“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)


“Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire.” (Amos 5:6)

Jesus also spoke along these lines:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

The concept is confirmed in Proverbs 8:17 when God, or Wisdom, says:

”I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”

After promising Israel that he “will return” to them if they will return to him, the Lord asks them to consider the longevity and stability of his word. The Jews’ forefathers, even the prophets of the previous generation, have not endured, but had succumbed to the very Words that God spoke to
them. In fact, even in days of Zechariah and his contemporaries, those Words of God spoken
by the prophets where still directing history and being fulfilled. The point: We should seek God because he is controlling history with his word and his will is going to be completed.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“God has given to man a
short time here on earth,
and yet upon this short time eternity depends.”

– Jeremy Taylor




Something to Ponder??
"Give according to your income, lest God make
your income according to
your giving."
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Etsah (Hb) – Advisor (Eng) – In order to lead and protect his people in the Old Testament
God gave them prophets, priests and kings along with elders, judges and other leaders.
One of the other very important features of God’s provided leadership was the etsah.
The etsah was the wise man or wise woman that was set in the people’s midst to
provide them with wise counsel. People like Daniel, Ahithophel, the wise men in
Jehoshaphat’s royal court, the wise woman at Abel or the wise woman Joab
sent for from Tekoa. Besides seeking a word or direction from God himself,
these etsah could be sought to find God’s wisdom for a given situation.

  In the 1500’s the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer,
memorized the whole
Bible in 3 months.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I listen for God's wisdom and advice through the mouths of people?
Today I will listen for words of wisdom from people around, and
at the same time realize that my words should also be
filled with God's wisdom when I speak to others.
  "In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines."
- Proverbs 18:17
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Ezra 1 Luke 10 Ezra 1
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Ask for Godly
counsel and friends
Avoid distractions
and interference
IPERS Niger - this Muslim land is open for the gospel
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

This is the south end of the eastern Temple Mount wall.
A stairway similar to Robinson's arch on the southwest corner
led up to a gate that took worshippers to the surface of the Temple Mount.
The projected ashlars to the left (south) of this photo
indicate the position of a tower. (click on image for larger size)
  Map of the Seleucid General from Syria attack on Judas Maccabeaus' troops in 166 BC. (click on image for larger size)
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