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Yet, Zechariah 10 describes a great victory over the enemies of Judah, a great in-gathering, and great blessing. How so?
It all hangs on the Lord.
Zech. 10:4 From him comes the cornerstone, From him the tent peg, From him the battle bow, From him every ruler together."
The cornerstone - Messiah, the ultimate Shepherd of Israel. He will not leave Israel in the hands of the he-goat shepherd, who only abused the people and led them astray.
The tent peg - "was a large peg inside an oriental tent, won, which hung most of its valuable furniture. On Messiah hang all the glory and hope of His people״ (JFB)
The battle bow -He will lead the battle and be its guarantee of success
Now Zechariah 10, was a prophecy (given around 520 BC) pointing to Judah's victory over the Greeks (Antiochus) at the time of the Maccabean revolt 167-160 BC). But it also speaks of the times ahead, as you can read for yourself in the rest of the chapters of Zechariah.
God does not bring these victories by Himself without human agency; rather it is by using His people as His Royal battle horse (Zech 10:3)
Four times does the text use the word 'gabar' in the Hebrew (Zech 10:5, 6, 7, 12). The root 'gabar' in Hebrew means: prevailing, overcoming. It is used here in the Piel stem, which indicates a causative action, i.e., God makes us overcomers.
We overcome because He is with us (Zech 10:5). We overcome because he will have mercy upon us (Zech 10:6). We will overcome because He will answer our prayers (Zech 10:6). This victory will be spiritual as well as physical. God will use Israel to fulfill His own purposes in the earth. Israel's survival, Israel's wars are not only her own but stem from the call of God and His purposes.
What should our response be? Prayer, of course.
We are called to it: Zech. 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.
Two kinds of rain are indicated here: a physical rain, and a spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit.
"Though at Pentecost there was a former rain on the Jewish Church, a latter rain is still to be looked for, when the full harvest of the nation's conversion shall be gathered in to God." (JFB)
Most Christians tend to think of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as a mere demonstration of power and miracles. Still, the first Pentecost was characterized by a massive conversion of thousands of people to faith in Messiah. The conviction of the Holy Spirit at the preaching of Peter was so strong and penetrating that 3000 people were 'cut to the heart' and turned to Messiah. (Acts 2:37)
This is our heart's desire; to see the move of God among our people, in the powerful conviction of the Holy Spirit, unto repentance and salvation by faith in Yeshua.
Praying into and from Zechariah 10
Rather than give you specific prayers, we will conclude this Prayer Directions bulletin, with a suggestion of topics. As we often say, our goal is not to put words in your mouth, but to stimulate you to look at the Word and find inspiration to pray according to it.
- Pray for the visitation of the Lord in the Land
- Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon this 'dry' Land
- Pray for the revelation of Messiah to His people
- Pray that the Lord will intervene in the leadership of the Land, especially as, for the third time in a year, we are heading into elections (in March.)
- Pray for the Lord to gather His own scattered people. Zech 10:8 indicates it is the work of the Holy Spirit that will gather the people to the Land.
- Pray for physical rain
- Pray for a deep visitation of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Messiah, to purify it, to bring it back to the Word, to bring deep conviction unto consecration and separation from the world spirit
- Pray that the outcome of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Body will be a total fascination and preoccupation with Yeshua Himself. Psa. 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
May the Lord give you the grace to take time and ponder these things, find inspiration, and may you be given the strength to pour out your heart in prayer for these, His kingdom purposes.
Blessings from Jerusalem,