Saturday, 27 March 2021
“…Return to Me… and I will return to you...” -Zechariah 1:3
The book of Zechariah is written to exhort the returned remnant of God’s people to repent of their evil ways, return to the Lord and rebuild the Temple. The people had just returned from exile and felt their future was uncertain. God through His messenger comforts them and gives them hope for the future that He would send the Messiah to establish His Kingdom and destroy the Gentile empires. We can see that God always had the redemption plan set for His people all throughout the Bible. His constant love for the crown of His creation—humankind, desires to see them reconciled to Him.
God’s call to repentance
Chapter 1 begins with the call of repentance. God continues to remind the people to return from their evil ways and not to walk in the path their forefathers did that brought about punishment. It was their disobedience that caused the separation and brought judgement. God who always longed to have a relationship with His people would constantly call them back even though they strayed from Him and His love. That’s why He says in V3 “…Return to Me… and I will return to you...”
The same is seen to this very day. 1 John 4:10 says “… not that we loved God, but that He loved us…” The central theme of the Bible displays God’s love for mankind through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). His message and His messengers call people back to “Repent and Return!” 2 Peter 3:9 [NLT] reminds us that God “… is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”