Warning: Do Not Read Unless You’re Wearing Steel Toe Shoes

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

Zechariah 7

steel toe shoesWhen I write these posts every week, the ideas that the Holy Spirit lays on my heart to share come to me in different ways. Sometimes I think, “This helped me, so maybe it will help others.” Other times it’s more like, “I need to share this truth.” There are times when I barely but the words on paper myself. But for the first time, I walked away from a reading plan passage feeling like I’d been punched in the stomach.

Be warned: Zechariah 7 steps on toes – and steps on them HARD!

2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat the Lord 3 by asking the priests of the house of the Lord Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”

4 Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? 7 Are these not the words the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?’ ”

8 And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

Dang! That’s tough stuff. I don’t consider myself legalistic by any means, but there’s a definite extent to which I measure count on my involvement with the body and my engagement in the Word. Can I do more to show mercy and compassion? Sure. Can I do more to administer true justice? Of course. Can I do more to help those who need it? Absolutely.

We can all do more, and we should – not because it’s a way to earn favor with him, but because we love and want to obey our Father.

My toes are hurting today…how about yours?

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