Zc1-2 This is the good news: 1v3 return to God and God will return to you. ALways. God rushes in for no other reasons than our repentance returning. v14 You have no idea how wide & deep God's love & concern is for you, beloved...God's immeasurable 2v4 way: God's kingdom will not fit into your into your box, your plan, or your home, always an overflow excess.
Zc1-2 v3 2v2 'Where are you going?' And he said to me, 'To measure Jerusalem' How fast, how many, who won gold? 'To see what is it's width and what is it's length' London has a green belt (how wide, how long?) and the Olympics are it's glory (throwing spears for fun), Jerusalem had a red belt and God was hers 2v5 'And I will be to her a wall of fire all round, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst' 1v3 'Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I shall return to you' v4 'Do not be like your fathers' 'Return from your evil ways.'
Zc3-4 Wedding dress Mt22v11: sh/blamelessness is v4 God-taylored attire, a precondition for v7 walking his ways, purposed for v10 healing Mt14v36 Ac19v11
Zc5-6 6v13 The King is the priest, as the shepherd is the lamb. The 6v7 all-seeing eye of God does more than 'inspect', eyes that light up love when beholding her child, Jacob.
Zc5&6 v2 'What do you see?' v6 'What is it?' v10 'Where are they taking [it]?' 6v6 'What are these?' Many questions, asking by, and of, God and his messengers. Do we ask each other these questions, about say, the games? v2 'What do you see?' v6 'What is it?' v10 'Where are they taking [it]?' Our cauldron of fire, built by 204 nations. v2 'What do you see?' v6 'What is it?' v10 'Where are they taking [it]?'
Zc7-8 v3 Should I fast texting en France? Is it for v6 yourself or for v8 kindness? 7v9 Let kindness be your religion 8v22 it's an evangelism Jn13v35/17v23
Zc9-10 9v9 v16 Jesus. The name & face of Jesus, fulfilling & subverting the old testament. We do well to remember, as we draw near the end of the torah that it really is changed by Jesus, more than the adding of a different perspective on it, it is undone & reconfigured by Jesus. Zech didn't know what v10 v14-15 God's overcoming victory would look like, that is would be parables, fish breakfasts, individual healings, humiliation, crucifiction & a stone rolled away.
Zc9-10 9v9 'Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is his, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem...' What does it meann 'cut off the war horse'? Mt24v2 'not one stone upon another'. The war horse came. But Jesus rejected the war horse in favour of a donkey, a colt. Sayers had the war horse and colt together in the same stable, presenting a choice. And so us. Hb3v19 'he makes my feet like the deer's' donkeys, deers and doves Hb3v19 'he makes me treadon my high places'
Zc11-12 You're a shepherd. Your tools for nurture, protection, conflict resolution are v7 Favour and Union: two graces: vertical & horizontal. How goes it?
Zc13-14 Rich with many symbols & questions, but important in this morning moment is the 13v9 confession that the Lord is my God, there is no other, and to hear God tell me/us that I/we are God's. Know it. Thank you Jesus, the unfathomable mystery incarnate, for v7 shepherding suffering for us, that it is you who models & makes us 14v9 one and it is you who v20 makes everything spiritual, v22 this table, this coffee, this daybreak with you. Thank you here and now. It is you we love and worship.
Zc13-14 Mk3v1 'Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, 'Come here.' And he said to them, 'Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?' But they were silent. And he looked round at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched is out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.' Healing swamped by sin. What was the man's name? Which party knew it? Wanted to know it, to smile, to eat with him?