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In That Day (Daily Portion 10421)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Zechariah 12:1-14

In this chapter, Zechariah looks to the day when the enemies of Jerusalem will be destroyed and the city and nation will be restored. The phrase, in that day, is used six times in the chapter. However, when that day comes, the Jews will mourn for their sins which they have committed, especially when they look on the one they have pierced.

What Does It Say?

  1. God promises to make Jerusalem a cup of _________________.
  2. The Lord will smite every horse with _______________ and his rider with ____________.
  3. The Lord will make the governors of Judah like an hearth of __________ among the __________.
  4. The Lord will also save the tents of ___________ first.
  5. He that is ___________ at that day shall be as David.

What Does It Mean?

  1. This chapter begins, “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel.” A similar burden of the word of the Lord is referred to in Zechariah 9:1; Zechariah 12:1; Malachi 1:1. Notice also places like the following where the burden is connected to a place: Isaiah 13:1; Isaiah 15:1; Isaiah 17:1; Isaiah 19:1. A burden is defined as a load that is carried. It is usually a heavy load that one has to bear. Why do you think the word the Lord gives to the prophets is often referred to as a burden? What are the similarities to a burden one has to carry and the word they preached? How does this apply to a modern-day preacher and his message?      
  2. Of the future Jews, Zechariah states: “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced” (v.10). Who is this? What is happening here? See John 19:33-37.
  3. Verse twelve refers to the house of David and to the house of Nathan. Although there was a prophet named Nathan who dealt much with David, this verse probably deals with another Nathan, David’s son. Compare 2Samuel 5:14 with Luke 3:31 and tell why the Lord might have had Zechariah refer to Nathan, the son of David, in a separate way. What is so important about David’s son Nathan?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. In verse three, we read: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” What is being pictured here? What else can act as a burdensome stone? Read Acts 5:38-39; Acts 9:5; Isaiah 45:9. What do these passages have in common with Zechariah 12:3?
  2. The Lord is going to pour upon the Jewish people “the spirit of grace and supplications” (v.10). What is the spirit of grace? What is the spirit of supplications (see Jeremiah 31:9; Ephesians 6:18)? How do grace and supplications fit together? Note: this is a question for thought and meditation; not one for which you are likely to find an absolute answer. Give it some thought and let the Holy Spirit teach you.

Suggested Memory Verses

Zechariah 12:1, 10

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:19

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.