July 13: Redemption & Salvation

Zechariah 1:1-6a

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, “The Lord has been very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.”’ But they did not hear nor heed Me,” says the Lord.

 “Your fathers, where are they? 
And the prophets, do they live forever?

Yet surely My words and My statutes, 
which I commanded My servants the prophets, 
did they not overtake your fathers?

Many people think that God is judgmental, vengeful and full of hate. But they see only His punishment of sin.  What they choose not to see are the many ways He sent prophets to proclaim His truth and plead with people to repent and turn back to Him.  His continual warnings are evidence of His grace and mercy.

Ultimately God’s truth, grace, and mercy became a man – Yeshua. Sadly Israel is still deaf. John said about Yeshua:

John 3:14-17

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


[Old Caesarea]

Old Caesarea

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