August 29

The LORD was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: “Return to me,” says the LORD of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 1:2-3

In this passage, we see that Zechariah’s message was primarily concerned with belief and unbelief.  He pointed out that the greatest sin of the Israelites’ ancestors was not trusting in god when they were undergoing trials.  Rather, they looked to other people for help.  In this way, they were rebellious and idolatrous.  Zechariah wanted the people ofIsraelto understand that the words “Return to me” should penetrate their hearts deeply.

People “return to God” when they trust in and find comfort in God at all times, especially in times of need.  On the other hand, people have turned away from God when they don’t trust in God.  When people don’t trust God, their good works and sacrifices won’t be able to help them.  This is what happened toIsrael’s ancestors.

In Zechariah’s time, when the Israelites were trying to rebuild the temple, they needed to turn to the Lord Almighty because of all the trials and troubles they were facing.   They had to cling to god and depend on him even if rebuilding the temple angered the emperor ofPersiaor the neighboring people.  God spoke.  He wanted to help, could help, and would help them so thatIsrael’s enemies wouldn’t overpower them again.

We too need to hear these warnings in the book of Zechariah.  Let everyone return to Christ, cling to him, and not fall away.  Let no one become scared or be led astray.  God speaks.  And God will do what he says.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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