Blessed To Be a Blessing – Zechariah 8:23

BeABlessing“In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23, ESV).

Zechariah prophesied about a day when the Lord would restore a remnant in Israel. When the restoration takes place, Jerusalem will be a prosperous and peaceful place and will be known by its faithfulness to God.

On that day God would no longer render judgment on His people but bless them: “But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the Lord of hosts. For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things…and you shall be a blessing” (vs. 11-13).

The common thread running through God’s promises for the peace and prosperity of His people in this chapter is that their blessedness will be a testimony and blessing beyond Jerusalem and Judah to include other people and nations.

In fact, people from every nation will come to Jerusalem to follow their example and entreat the favor of the Lord. Some even say this prophecy found its fulfillment on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2).

God wants your life to be so blessed by Him so other people will want what you have. God wants you to be blessed so you can be a blessing!

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2, ESV)

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