About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter - Chapter 12
1 tells us that this chapter is directed specifically to Israel. We don’t have to guess
or figure this out.
in verse 1 we learn three things about our God.
We first learn that He stretches out the heavens. This statement
is interesting since it is a matter of physics and science. It is the
common understanding that the universe is progressively expanding.
So when this verse says that the heavens are presently being
stretched, this confirms what modern science says about our ever
expanding universe. Note
also the present tense of the word “stretches.”
This is an ongoing process.
second thing we learn about God in verse 1 is that He lays the
foundation of the earth. Here to we have the present tense of the word
“lies.” God is
still active in the very foundation of our earth.
I’m not sure how or what that looks like, but it means He has
not stepped back from the physical aspect of our planet.
He is still actively involved in the creative process, maybe deep
in the earth centre of the earth where man has never been.
Deisism is not Biblical thinking.
A Deist is one who believes that God created all things but now
has stepped back from His creation and let’s creation carry on and
evolve as it wishes.
last thing we learn about God in this verse is that He forms the spirit
within man. Once again we
note the present tense in the word “forms.”
Every baby that is born has the spirit of life blown into him or
her, and I’d say at conception.
verse 2 we see that God Himself is going to make
it's the "surrounding nations" that will be sent reeling
3 tells us that on that day, or the time of the end, all nations will be
gathered together against
verse 4 we see God saying that He will “keep a watchful” eye over Israel. He is doing that right
now. His eyes are on Israel. He sees what is happening,
as He says here. When the
time comes for the nations to attack His people, He will bring confusion
to the attackers. He will
drive them mad. The enemies
verse 5 we see what Paul concludes in his discourse on
6 tells us that in that day
see the words “on that day” often in this chapter.
God wants us to know that all this will happen on a specific day.
This doesn’t necessarily mean a day of twenty four hours, but the time
period of the end. Of
course, it will all end on one certain day, but all that happens at the
end of this age takes time. This
time period is called "the Day of the Lord" in the Bible. The Day of
the Lord is seen in two ways. It
is seen in a period of time and also in one twenty four hour day.
says in verse 7 that He will save the people in Judah
first. As in most cases, at
verse 8 we learn that on that day God will shield those living in
9 says that on that day God will destroy all the nations that attack
verse 10 we see a divine act of God.
He says that on that day He’ll “pour out a spirit of grace
and supplication” on Israel. This grace means that God
will have grace and mercy towards the Jews.
Yet He will also pour out a spirit of supplication.
Supplication is a humble spirit of prayerful repentance.
God Himself will help
it comes to individual repentance, I believe the same is true.
God needs to help us repent as we come to Him with the
willingness to repent. We
all need to seek God for a spirit of supplication.
and I say God, also says in verse 10, “they will look on me, who they
have pierced.” This is an
important verse because God says that the Jews pierced Him.
How could that be? They
pierced Jesus, not God. Well,
clearly this speaks to the deity of Christ.
should also think about the word “pierce” here.
If this refers to the piercing of Jesus’ side while on the
cross, it wasn’t the Jews who pierced Jesus.
It was the Roman soldiers. Yet
it was the Jews who brought Jesus to the Roman soldiers to be pierced.
If not for the Jews, Jesus would not have been pierced.
last part of verse 10 shows us the depth of the Jews repentance.
They will grieve and mourn once they see their Messiah.
They will grieve and mourn as if they had lost their only child.
This is true repentance.
thing we should note here is that
verse 11 we see there is great weeping in
verses 11 and 12 we see that all the clans, or all the families of Israel
will mourn. And it’s not
only the head of the house that mourns.
The wives mourn as well. This
is the greatest national revival in all of history and it comes to