02
May
16

God Sets Us Free

Zechariah 1:18-21 (NIV)

Then I looked up, and there before me were four horns. 19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these?”

He answered me, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.”

20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked, “What are these coming to do?”

He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise their head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people.”

 

Zechariah was prophesying about the visions he saw about God’s deliverance of Israel. In this vision from chapter 1, verses 18-21, Zechariah sees four horns. Horns were symbols of power and in this passage, the four horns represent four Gentile nations that had oppressed and scattered God’s people. God’s people had been exiled from their homeland for decades and now they were returning home to rebuild the temple.

Zechariah also saw four craftsmen who would smash the horns of power. God was going to severely deal with the nations who had oppressed His people. The time had come for their deliverance and God always keeps His promises. He delivered His people from the hands of the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians and the Medo-Persians. Those were physical oppressors. What about spiritual oppression? God promised deliverance from this kind of oppression as well by sending a Messiah.

God the Father sent Jesus to deliver all people from the spiritual oppression of sin. Followers of Jesus have been set free from the consequences of sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. Now we don’t have to fear punishment for our sins. Jesus took our place and our punishment on the cross. We are pilgrims here, passing through on our way to our heavenly home. Until we arrive home, let us tell others about the Lord Jesus and His great love for us all. Let us tell of how He can deliver us from spiritual bondage to sin. Let us tell of His gift of grace that is available to everyone.

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for delivering me from the bondage and oppression caused by sin. I am a sinner in need of Your grace and forgiveness. Protect me from temptation and evil today. Help me to be holy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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