For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Reading from Zechariah 2:
Then I looked up and saw four horns. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these?” He answered, “These are the horns that scattered J’hudah, Isra’el and Yerushalayim.”
Next Adonai showed me four artisans. I asked, “What are these coming to do?” He said, “Those horns that scattered Y’hudah so completely that no one could even raise his head–well, these men have come to terrify them, to overthrow the nations that raised their horns against the land of Y’hudah to scatter it.”
There’s more to this chapter, but this portion spoke to me and I wish to share those thoughts. The explanation in the study Bible states the horns are the nations who came against the Hebrews and defeated them, scattered them as judgment from God because the Hebrews turned from God to other gods. The artisans are agents sent by God to defeat those nations and therefore allow God to rebuild his city, Yerushalayim. Other writers see the craftsmen as agents who also assist in the rebuilding of the Hebrew nation.
Reflections on this passage noted that those used by God to punish his people who have turned away from him are in turn destroyed for coming against his people in such a way. It is fearful to be used by God to discipline another. That same discipline may come back around on the one who was used. Beware of pride which can falsely elevate one’s sense of being more than one actually is. A key phrase in scripture is to “walk humbly with your God.”* It is tempting to become smug at another’s correction. No arrogance will go unpunished.
[Proverbs 17:5 NKJV] 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (emphasis mine)
Note also, those used here in this passage were not ‘believers’ but outside the family of Hebrews. Judgment against God’s people, his ‘church’ may come from outside the family of believers; it will still carry the curse of God, ‘anyone who injures you injures the very pupil of my eye.’ Whether or not the judgment comes is not based upon belief. God’s word does not return void, or empty, it does accomplish what it sets out to do.
When one is used by God to correct another it would be wise to remember to do so humbly; not in weakness but with the knowledge that the correction comes through them not from them; it comes from God…this might help those who often say to ‘correct with love,’ since our definitions of love have been corrupted.
*[Micah 6:8 NKJV] 8 He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (emphasis mine)
Correction has an objective and that is to change direction or purpose; it also has an end goal and that is one of rebuilding something anew. When one is going in the wrong direction, it is good to be redirected. It may protect from future harm; it may enable one to have an increase in purpose. In this portion, the horns destroyed the old ways and paved the way for the craftsmen to rebuild. Those giving correction and those receiving correction can more easily move through the process if they keep in mind the purposes of correction.
Any thoughts on this?
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