Friday, November 22, 2013

Zechariah 7 and 8: The Lord turns Fasting to Feasting

Zechariah 7 and 8 present a question from the people, and an answer from the Lord. The people had been fasting and mourning the temple, several times a year. But now that the temple was being rebuilt, did they need to keep these ritual fasts?

God asked them why they fasted, and reminded them that their hearts were more important than their rituals.  He gave them a glimpse of Jerusalem's glorious future, and He told them to change those fasts into feasts.

Here is another message that came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winter are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and peace. (Zechariah 8:18-19)

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