Zechariah 14* The sufferings of Jerusalem. (1-7) Encouraging prospects, andthe destruction of her enemies. (8-15) The holiness of thelatter days. (16-21)1-7 The Lord Jesus often stood upon the Mount of Olives when onearth. He ascended from thence to heaven, and then desolationsand distresses came upon the Jewish nation. Such is the viewtaken of this figuratively; but many consider it as a notice ofevents yet unfulfilled, and that it relates to troubles of whichwe cannot now form a full idea. Every believer, being related toGod as his God, may triumph in the expectation of Christ'scoming in power, and speak of it with pleasure. During a longseason, the state of the church would be deformed by sin; therewould be a mixture of truth and error, of happiness and misery.Such is the experience of God's people, a mingled state of graceand corruption. But, when the season is at the worst, and mostunpromising, the Lord will turn darkness into light; deliverancecomes when God's people have done looking for it. 8-15 Some consider that the progress of the gospel, beginningfrom Jerusalem, is referred to by the living waters flowing fromthat city. Neither shall the gospel and means of grace, nor thegraces of the Spirit wrought in the hearts of believers by thosemeans, ever fail, by reason either of the heat of persecution,or storms of temptation, or the blasts of any other affliction.Tremendous judgments appear to be foretold, to be sent uponthose who should oppose the settlement of the Jews in their ownland. How far they are to be understood literally, events alonecan determine. The furious rage and malice which stir up menagainst each other, are faint shadows of the enmity which reignsamong those who have perished in their sins. Even the inferiorcreatures often suffer for the sin of man, and in his plagues.Thus God will show his displeasure against sin. 16-21 As it is impossible for all nations literally to come toJerusalem once a year, to keep a feast, it is evident that afigurative meaning must here be applied. Gospel worship isrepresented by the keeping of the feast of tabernacles. Everyday of a Christian's life is a day of the feast of tabernacles;every Lord's day especially is the great day of the feast;therefore every day let us worship the Lord of hosts, and keepevery Lord's day with peculiar solemnity. It is just for God towithhold the blessings of grace from those who do not attend themeans of grace. It is a sin that is its own punishment; thosewho forsake the duty, forfeit the privilege of communion withGod. A time of complete peace and purity of the church willarrive. Men will carry on their common affairs, and their sacredservices, upon the same holy principles of faith, love andobedience. Real holiness shall be more diffused, because thereshall be a more plentiful pouring forth of the Spirit ofholiness than ever before. There shall be holiness even incommon things. Every action and every enjoyment of the believer,should be so regulated according to the will of God, that it maybe directed to his glory. Our whole lives should be as oneconstant sacrifice, or act of devotion; no selfish motive shouldprevail in any of our actions. But how far is the Christianchurch from this state of purity! Other times, however, are athand, and the Lord will reform and enlarge his church, as he haspromised. Yet in heaven alone will perfect holiness andhappiness be found.
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