Unbelieveable.

As in, something that is not believable.

I have found something unbelievable.

To be more accurate…I have found the words in the Bible…are are the most unbelievable.  This morning I truly discovered the most unbelievable thing in the entire Bible.

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I have heard it said, quite frequently, that you should take time to read each book of the Bible in one sitting.  So many of the books in the Bible are either letters or prophecies or stories or one format or another that was meant to be heard or read in one sitting.  So I’ve been trying to do that from time to time.  I sit down with my Message Bible and I read through one whole Bible book.  In another post at some point, I’ll address why I choose the Message, but for now, let’s just keep moving.

Today, I was drawn to the book of Zechariah.  This particular book has 14 chapters and I’ve never read it before, so I dove in.  First of all…wow.  You need to sit down and read this book.  So beautiful.

But it happened in the last verse of the third chapter.  And it, is my discovery of the most unbelievable thing in the whole Bible.  Zechariah was a prophet, and the book begins with a bunch of visions he had.  And in the third chapter he has a vision of The Accuser coming against Joshua the high priest.  He points to Joshua’s soiled and filthy clothes as a reason God should cast him out and disown him.  But here’s what God has to say:

“‘I, God, rebuke you, Accuser!  I rebuke you and choose Jerusalem.  Surprise!  Everything is going up in flames, but I reach in and pull out Jerusalem!”
-Zechariah 3:2 (MSG)

I absolutely love that!  “Surprise satan!  Imma set the whole world on fire but I’m snatchin’ my people right up out the midst!”  YEAH GOD!!!

In this vision of Zechariah’s, angels then bring new, clean clothes for the priest and dresses him in them.  Joshua is then charged to remain faithful to the call and cause of God because God has done a great thing, and is going to do another one.  He is going to “strip this land of its filthy sin”.  And then comes the most unbelievable statement in all of Scripture; all sixty-six books, all 1,189 chapters, all 783,137 words.

“‘At that time, everyone will get along with one another, with friendly visits across the fence, friendly visits on one another’s porches.'”
Zechariah 3:10

The dead resurrected, talking donkeys, giants, vegetarian lions, blind healed, lame walk, mute speak, deaf hear, people being swallowed by fish, ten plagues, forty years in a desert, two of every kind of animal all on a boat with an old guy and his family but this…this verse from Zechariah was the first time I read something in the Bible and thought: “…really?

But here’s what we need to know.  In most translations, this verse contains a phrase like this one: “…declares the Lord Almighty” (NIV).  In the original Hebrew, “says Yahweh of hosts”.  So you have to ask yourself one question:

Do I believe God’s words to be true?

If the answer is yes…then I have something fantastic and beautiful to share with you today!

“‘At that time, everyone will get along with one another, with friendly visits across the fence, friendly visits on one another’s porches.'”
-Zechariah 3:10

Be His.  

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