Zechariah 12* Punishment of the enemies of Judah. (1-8) Repentance andsorrow of the Jews. (9-14)1-8 Here is a Divine prediction, which will be a heavy burdento all the enemies of the church. But it is for Israel; fortheir comfort and benefit. It is promised that God will makefoolish the counsels, and weaken the courage of the enemies ofthe church. The exact meaning is not clear; but God often beginsby calling the poor and despised; and in that day even thefeeblest will resemble David, and be as eminent in courage andevery thing good. Desirable indeed is it that the examples andlabours of Christians should render them as fire among wood, asa torch in a sheaf, to kindle the flame of Divine love, tospread religion on the right hand and on the left. 9-14 The day here spoken of, is the day of Jerusalem's defenceand deliverance, that glorious day when God will appear for thesalvation of his people. In Christ's first coming he bruised theserpent's head, and broke all the powers of darkness that foughtagainst God's kingdom among men. In his second coming he willcomplete their destruction, when he shall put down all opposingrule, principality, and power; and death itself shall beswallowed up in that victory. The Holy Spirit is gracious andmerciful, and is the Author of all grace or holiness. He, also,is the Spirit of supplications, and shows men their ignorance,want, guilt, misery, and danger. At the time here foretold, theJews will know who the crucified Jesus was; then they shall lookby faith to him, and mourn with the deepest sorrow, not only inpublic, but in private, even each one separately. There is aholy mourning, the effect of the pouring out of the Spirit; amourning for sin, which quickens faith in Christ, and qualifiesfor joy in God. This mourning is a fruit of the Spirit of grace,a proof of a work of grace in the soul, and of the Spirit ofsupplications. It is fulfilled in all who sorrow for sin after agodly sort; they look to Christ crucified, and mourn for him.Looking by faith upon the cross of Christ will cause us to mournfor sin after a godly sort.
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