F L O W

Whether we know it or not, whether we understand it or not the Gospel has a flow. (Zechariah 14:8) God has always been speaking to His people and teaching us how to walk humbly in fidelity with Him. So, when we understand the Lord’s perspective and where He is coming from and the desires He has for us it helps us to understand when His prophet shares the Lord’s message. Now Zech is prophesying in that Jesus is coming, and we need to turn to Him and be ready as we share with others the Gospel. Throughout the Bible, we read Jerusalem and it refers to both the physical city and also the people of God. It’s just like Nineveh that represents both the city and the nation of Assyria. Jerusalem represents the people in a specific location but it also represents the community of faith. This community is known as the ecclesia in the New Testament. If you are a part of the Bride of Christ, having been bought by the precious blood of Jesus, who is our Savior and Lord then we are part of this prophecy concerning Jerusalem. 

In Acts 2:14ff Pete and the 11 stand as representatives of the church and they make a proclamation of how the Gospel is going from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. This is the Gospel that is being sent out, sharing that all who believe in His name have the right to become a son or daughter of God. (John 1:12) As believers who are part of the Kingdom, we are also a part of Jerusalem. 

So, how does this all fit with Zech’s prophecy? Zechariah 14:8~On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. (ESV) Do you see it? The church is the literal flow of the Gospel’s living waters from Jerusalem that can heal everything it touches. So, when Zechariah has a prophetic vision of living waters going or flowing out of Jerusalem in Zechariah 14:8, this is when Messiah reigns on earth and His flow represents the blessings of salvation bestowed on his church at the end of the age. 

In other words, it flows on, in, and through us who believe and are far off. (Acts 2:39, Ephesians 2:17) Church, we need to realize the Kingdom of God has come near and everywhere we go, we are representing Jesus Christ. We must learn how to flow as part of Jesus who is the source of flowing waters that transform our lives, our community, yes our nation, and the whole world. So, how will you flow in the Gospel today and be the agent of divine grace that God has planned and purposed you to be? I would be willing to bet that the Lord has made an appointment for you. They may stop by your desk or chat you up in the hall, they make send you a text that could seem out of left field, they may just cross your path while you are out and about. No matter the timing or locale I want you to take time to let the Lord use you today. Go out and let Gospel flow through you.



The Meaningless & Mundane — Wisdom & The Word — Ecclesiastes 8:1-17…Handout

Who do you know that is wise?____________ Wisdom bears itself out in our decisions. That is why hindsight that is ___/___. Ecclesiastes 8:1~Who is like the wise? Wisdom & The Word: Shine, Patient, _________, Enjoy.

1) Shine For_______ (8:1c-d) Ecclesiastes 8:1c-d~…A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. (ESV) Who remembers Shine Jesus Shine? Yes / No. (Fill this land with the Father’s glory) if we are wise, our face will shine even in the midst of unfair adversity. Psalm 34:5~Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (NIV) Ever watched a faithful believer you know is going through the valley of the shadow of death? How can we walk like this also?__________________ Paul says we are to pray about everything. (Philippians 4:6) Here is how this works: Pray, Keep Praying, Spend time with the Lord, and say yes to Him.

2) When Life’s Unfair—Be________ (8:2-7) Sometimes we just have to smile, even though a lot is going on. The Bible teaches us to keep moving forward. Hebrews 12:2 ~Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…(KJV) The Cross trumps what we have going on in our lives, right? Yes / No. Sometimes we need to count our blessings naming them 1 by 1, thanking God. Ecclesiastes 8:5~Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way. (ESV) That means we must learn to wait on God. (Isaiah 40:31) Psalm 5:3~In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests…and wait expectantly. (NIV) Notice when this took place It was?_______ When was the last morning God heard your voice? _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ So, are you waiting on God and His timing? Yes / No.

3) Accept What We Cannot_______(8:8-14) Remember  ___is still 50, it ain’t new! Job 14:5~A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months…(NIV) None of us knows who is closer to death and it is only a heartbeat away. We are to take care of our bodies and lives and live like Jesus is coming this week. The truth is we can’t live in a world filled with people without getting hurt. Colossians 3:13~Bear with each other and_______…(NIV) Soly now shares about a recent funeral, the pageantry, and even how people felt. (8:12-15) Asking us, do we get what we deserve? Yes / No. This is not a modern-day phenomenon. What would it be like to get punished immediately? How long would it take robbers to stop robbing? ________ Or for adulterers to stop committing adultery? ________ None of us get what we deserve immediately after we sin. Jeremiah 51:56d~…For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay in____. (NIV) So, what should we do now?_____________ We just learned it: Pray, Keep Praying, Spend time with the Lord, say yes to Him.

4) Enjoy The_________ (8:15-17) Ecclesiastes 8:15~I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful…(ESV) Hey, life isn’t fair, that’s why there is a heaven and a____. So, what are we to do?_ _ _ _. Pray, Pray Again, Spend Time With The Lord, and Say Yes, To Him When He In-Breaks Your Life.

Take-A-Step: _________________________________________________________________________________________



The Way

I want you to know that God will make a way. (Zechariah 14:4-7) God’s way is only found in Jesus, that’s it. There is no other way. (John 14:6) In the New Testament, we see the great, notable, or glorious day in Acts 2:20~The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. (NIV) Believers who accept that these events are to take place before the 1000 years are known as premillennialist and this is our view. It also happens to be the most widely accepted view. 

 

Zechariah 14:4~Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds. But they didn’t hear or pay attention, declares the Lord. (ESV) Some Historians have wrongly tried to suit this prophecy to the Maccabean revolt of 167 BC. When Judas the Hammer, isn’t that just the greatest name for a revolutionary leader? The Maccabean or hammers revolt last for 7 years and brings autonomy to Israel for more than 100 years. Very near the coming of our Lord’s birth.

 

However, Zech’s prophecy is much bigger, in fact, he’s known for speaking of the Messiah. Zechariah 9:9~Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (ESV) Though those are the words Jesus speaks in Matthew 21:5, However, most scholars believe they also extend to the literal parousia or second coming of Jesus to establish a kingdom for 1000 years, a millennial reign 

described in Revelation 20:4-6.

 

As the enemy besets Jerusalem making escape completely impossible without God and yet God will open the Mount of Olives and make a way. I bet God has made a way for, that you can testify to His goodness and grace. Zechariah 14:4-5~On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains…flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah …Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. (ESV) 

 

Grab the Biblical picture, the Mount of Olives was where Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, and it lays at the foot of this special place where olives were pressed and the oil poured out like our Lord’s own tears, in a symbolic representation of the Holy Spirit and his anointing. This is also the place where Jesus ascended to the Father, and many even believe this may be the place He returns. However, the scriptures don’t expressly reveal this to us. Why? Because we’d likely worship the place and not King of all Kings.

 

Is there a place in your life where you have been overwhelmed by God? When the Lord does something so amazing that it causes you to pause and you have a visceral response to the gift of love, or grace, or mercy. God has overwhelmed us all and I think that at times we forget just how much He loves us. Paul writes to Timothy and tells him that a trustworthy saying is that Jesus came to save sinners. That is the best example of God’s love for us. It says that God is for us and not against us. That God is willing to help us no matter the price, no matter our need, we can know that God will WAR for us. God is Willing, God is Able, God is Reliable. As you pray today, as God to war for you in a tender area of your life. Ask Him to supply for your needs, to fill you with His joy, and to help you have the gratitude of recognizing His hand at work in your life. Then, tell someone what God has done for you.