Monday, January 17, 2011

Zion, Part 3

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.  I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.  No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.  They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  They shall not build and another inhabit. They shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  They shall not labor in vain or bear children to calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them.  Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food.  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord,” Isaiah 65:17-25.   
She is a new creation.  Although the nations rage all around, within Her is found joy and gladness and longevity, abundance and strength.  Everything She puts Her hands to, prospers.  Within the holy mount Zion, the aggressive and the passive, come into agreement. ..the Lion and the Lamb lie down together.  Wars and destruction are not found in Her. 
“Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain,” Zechariah 8:3.   
She will be as He is. …faithful, holy.  
“On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them.  And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn,” Zechariah 12:8-10.  
No longer a victim concerned about Her own wounding, but an Intercessor concerned about His.  He is for Her and She is for Him.  The Lord and Zion sympathize for the other.  Salvation has come.  Zion is free from Her pain.  She is free to consider the oppression, lack, and desperation of others and She is empowered by an internal source to work salvation for them, in His Holy name.

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