Zechariah 10* Blessings to be sought from the Lord. (1-5) God will restorehis people. (6-12)1-5 Spiritual blessings had been promised under figurativeallusions to earthly plenty. Seasonable rain is a great mercy,which we may ask of God when there is most need of it, and wemay look for it to come. We must in our prayers ask for merciesin their proper time. The Lord would make bright clouds, andgive showers of rain. This may be an exhortation to seek theinfluences of the Holy Spirit, in faith and by prayer, throughwhich the blessings held forth in the promises are obtained andenjoyed. The prophet shows the folly of making addresses toidols, as their fathers had done. The Lord visited the remnantof his flock in mercy, and was about to renew their courage andstrength for conflict and victory. Every creature is to us whatGod makes it to be. Every one raised to support the nation, as acorner-stone does the building, or to unite those that differ,as nails join the different timbers, must come from the Lord;and those employed to overcome their enemies, must have strengthand success from him. This may be applied to Christ; to him wemust look to raise up persons to unite, support, and defend hispeople. He never will say, Seek ye me in vain. 6-12 Here are precious promises to the people of God, whichlook to the state of the Jews, and even to the latter days ofthe church. Preaching the gospel is God's call for souls to cometo Jesus Christ. Those whom Christ redeemed by his blood, Godwill gather by his grace. Difficulties shall be got over easily,and effectually, as those in the way of the deliverance out ofEgypt. God himself will be their strength, and their song. Whenwe resist, and so overcome our spiritual enemies, then ourhearts shall rejoice. If God strengthen us, we must bestirourselves in all the duties of the Christian life, must beactive in the work of God; and we must do all in the name of theLord Jesus.
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