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Symbol and Source

The prophet Zechariah, God's mouthpiece to the people of Israel, had many messages for them but one was very striking. In it he shared a comparison with the way God once treated His people and the way He would treat them in the future. He said, "Among the other nations, Judah and Israel [Southern and Northern Kingdoms in captivity] became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing." (Zechariah 8:13) A symbol stands for or suggests something else. It is can be a visible sign of something invisible. It helps us to understand a deeper truth. It points to something beyond the evident. It reminds and teaches. Zechariah was saying that the divided nations of Israel, both of which went into captivity, were a symbol of a cursed nation. They were captives of another, subordinate to them, leaderless, devastated and weak. They were under the disciplined of God and no longer represented what God had meant for t…

Perspective

In this wonderful season of the year, are you losing hope and facing defeat? The Christmas season is not good for some people. It is difficult, depressing and discouraging. So, what can you do turn it into a more positive time? David shared a solution. He was not always excited, thrilled at being king, and without enemies. He lived in caves and was on the run from Saul's warriors. He was away from his family, leading over 600 fighting men, and had their protection to consider daily. He was "losing all hope, and paralyzed with fear." (Psalm 143:4) So, what did he do? He could see through the darkness into the light beyond. He looked back to gain perspective on the present. He said, "I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done." (143:5) He turned to the past to ponder God's work on the earth: creation, the flood, Joseph's placement for Israel's deliverance in Egypt, the Red Sea opening for Israel in the e…