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A Taste of Heaven

Today’s reading: Haggai 1:1-Zechariah 3:10

My selection: Zechariah 3:9-10

9 For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. 10 In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under his fig tree.”

My reflections: After picturing the state of God’s people as represented by a high priest in filthy garments who must receive new, clean clothes, the Lord promises a day of cleansing and restoration. The removal of iniquity occurs in a single day. This is the work of God, not man. How does that renewal look?  ” In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under his fig tree.” There will be prosperity and unity among the people.

My challenge: When God’s kingdom comes in its fulness, none will suffer want and all will extend hospitality. What a picture of joyful and peaceful life together. Today, in the church, we should see the beginnings of this expected life. Does your fellowship with other believers show that you have been cleansed of sin? Do you freely share what you have with others in anticipation of a day when peace will reign in the new heavens and earth? Think about how you can give a taste of heaven to others.

Tomorrow’s reading: Zechariah 4:1-9:8

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