Week 48, Day 2 in the LEB

Nov 27, 2017

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The reading for today is Zechariah 12-14; Psalm 94; 2 John.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Zechariah 12

An oracle. The word of Yahweh concerning Israel. "Thus declares Yahweh, who stretches out the heavens, founds the earth, and forms the spirit of humankind in its midst: ‘Look, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling for all the surrounding nations; it will also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And then on that day I will make Jerusalem a stone weight for all the peoples. All those lifting it up will grievously hurt themselves, and all the nations of the earth will assemble against it. On that day,’ declares Yahweh, ‘I will strike every horse with confusion, and the one riding it with madness; but over the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, and I will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, "The inhabitants of Jerusalem are a strength to us, through Yahweh of hosts, their God."

"‘On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a pan of fire among sticks of wood, and like a torch of fire among stalks of grain, and they will devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, and Jerusalem will be inhabited again in its place, in Jerusalem. And Yahweh will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over Judah. On that day Yahweh will put a shield around the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who stumbles among them on that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of Yahweh, before them. And then on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations coming against Jerusalem.

"‘I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication, and they will look to me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn over him, as one wails over an only child, and they will grieve bitterly over him as one grieves bitterly over a firstborn. On that day the wailing will be great in Jerusalem, like the wailing for Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, each clan by itself; the clan of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the clan of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the clan of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the clan of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; and all those clans remaining, each clan by itself, and their wives by themselves.’"

Zechariah 13

"‘On that day a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and from impurity. And then, on that day,’ declares Yahweh of hosts, ‘I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and also the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness I will banish from the land. And then, if anyone prophesies again, his father and his mother who bore him will say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of Yahweh!" And his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through when he prophesies. And then on that day, each of the prophets will be ashamed because of his vision when he was prophesying, and they will not put on a cloak of hair in order to deceive, but he will say, "I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the soil, for a man has acquired me since my youth." And someone shall say to him, "What are these wounds between your arms?" and he will say, "Those I have received in the house of the ones who love me."’"

"O sword, awake against my shepherd,
    against the man who is my associate,"
        declares Yahweh of hosts.
"Strike the shepherd,
    so that the sheep may be scattered,
    and I will turn my hand against the small ones.
And then in all the land," declares Yahweh,
    "two thirds will be cut off and perish,
    and one third will be left alive in it.
And I will bring the remaining third into the fire,
    and I will refine them like one refines silver,
    and I will test them like one tests gold.
They will call my name,
    and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
    and they will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’"

Zechariah 14

Look! A day is coming for Yahweh, when your plunder will be divided in your midst. I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, and they will loot the houses, and the women will be raped; half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then Yahweh will go forth and fight against those nations, like when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half, from east to west, by a very great valley; and half of the mountain will withdraw toward the north, and the other half toward the south. And you will flee by the valley of my mountains, because the valley of the mountains will reach to Azal, and you will flee like you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. And Yahweh my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

And then on that day there will not be light, the precious things will congeal. There shall be continuous day—it is known to Yahweh—not day and not night; and at evening time there will be light.

And then on that day, living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea, and the other half to the western sea; it will happen both in the summer and in the winter. And Yahweh will be king over all the earth; on that day Yahweh will be one and his name one. All the land will be transformed into a desert plateau from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But it will rise up high and it will stay in its place from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, up to the Corner Gate and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. And they will dwell in it, and there will be no more ban imposed, and Jerusalem will dwell in security.

And this will be the plague with which Yahweh will strike all the peoples that fight against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are standing on their feet; their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. And then on that day a great panic from Yahweh will fall on them, and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of another. And Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—gold and silver, and garments in great abundance. Like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, and the donkey, and every kind of animal in those camps.

And then every survivor from all those nations coming against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the king, Yahweh of hosts, and celebrate the Feast of Booths. And then whoever of the clans of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the king, Yahweh of hosts, it will not rain on them. And if the clan of Egypt will not go up and come in, on them will be that plague Yahweh inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

On that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, "Holy to Yahweh." And the cooking pots in the house of Yahweh will be holy like the sacrificial basins before the altar. And every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to Yahweh of hosts, and all those who sacrifice will come and will take from them, and will cook in them, and there will be no longer a trader in the house of Yahweh of hosts on that day.

Psalm 94

O Yahweh, God of vengeance,
God of vengeance, shine forth.
Rise up, O Judge of the earth.
Repay upon the proud what is their rightful due.
How long will the wicked, O Yahweh,
how long will the wicked exult?
They gush words unrestrained.
All the evildoers boast.
They crush your people, O Yahweh;
they oppress your inheritance.
They kill widow and stranger,
and they murder orphans,
while they say, "Yah does not see,"
and "The God of Jacob does not pay attention."
You pay attention, O brutes among the people.
And you fools, when you will show insight?
Will the one who planted the ear not hear?
Will the one who formed the eye not see?
Will the one who instructs nations not rebuke,
the one who teaches humankind knowledge?
Yahweh knows the thoughts of humankind,
that they are to no purpose.
Blessed is the man, O Yah, whom you instruct
and teach from your law,
to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
For Yahweh will not abandon his people,
nor forsake his inheritance.
For judgment will return to righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow after it.
Who rose up for me against the wicked?
Who stood up for me against the workers of iniquity?
If Yahweh had not been my help,
my soul would soon have dwelt in silence.
When I thought, "My foot is slipping,"
your loyal love, O Yahweh, supported me.
When my troubled thoughts were many within me,
your consolations cheered my soul.
Can there be allied with you a throne of destruction,
one that forms trouble based on statute?
They band together against the life of the righteous,
and declare the blameless guilty of blood.
But Yahweh has become my high stronghold,
and my God has become my rock of refuge.
And he will repay on them their iniquity,
and by their evil he will destroy them.
Yahweh our God will destroy them.

2 John 1

The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth—and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth— because of the truth that resides in us and will be with us forever. Grace, mercy, peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love.

I was very glad because I found some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

And now I ask you, lady (not as if I were writing a new commandment to you, but one that we have had from the beginning), that we should love one another. And this is love: that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. This person is the deceiver and the antichrist! Watch yourselves that you do not lose what we have worked for, but receive a full reward.

Everyone who goes too far and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in the teaching—this person has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not speak a greeting to him, because the one who speaks a greeting to him shares in his evil deeds.

Although I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so by means of paper and ink, but I hope to be with you and to speak face to face, so that your joy may be complete. The children of your elect sister greet you.