"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
"And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent Me unto thee." (Zechariah 2:10,11)
THE covenant kindness and care of Israel's God is the subject of this chapter. The concern He has over the objects of His love, purpose, purchase, and power, is revealed at every step. His care for them is set forth in the various metaphors abounding throughout the whole of this blessed portion of inspiration; but time would fail me to enumerate, or enter into an exposition of them. Nevertheless, I will just throw out a few hints which He may bless to some of your waiting souls. The chapter commences with the description of the prophet's seeing "a man with a measuring line in his hand," whom he asks, "Whither goest thou?" when the answer is returned, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof." In this we see JEHOVAH'S solicitude in all things connected with His Church and people. Their wants, necessities, pains, sorrows, bereavements, and disappointments all measured. This truth is revealed in Isaiah 27:8, "In measure, when it shooteth forth, Thou wilt debate with it; He stayeth His rough wind in the day of His East wind." Again in Jeremiah 30:11, "I will correct thee in measure." This is beautifully expressed in the words of Swain:
"Our sorrows in the scale He weighs,
And measures out our pains;
The wildest storm His word obeys,
His word its rage restrains."
All the blessings of the covenant, with all the mercies treasured in Christ Jesus, and all the experience of the Spirit's grace and indwelling are measured to us with infallible accuracy. Speaking of our great and glorious Head, John the Baptist says, "God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him;" (John 3:34) but Paul says concerning the members of the one body, "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." (Eph. 4:16) But the love of God in Christ Jesus knows no measure.
"His love no end or measure knows,
No change can turn its course;
Eternally the same it flows
From one immortal source."
See! Whatever be the anxieties of our minds, the perplexities of our spirits, or the pains of our bodies, we have the assurance given in this precious metaphor, that our God measures them all out in love. He will not put upon His own more than He will give them strength to bear. He knows the length of that cankering care and of that worrying anxiety which is eating at the root of your peace this morning. He knows also the measure of sin which you must fill up to that time of love when He will appear and draw your soul into loving oneness with Himself.
Look at this glorious declaration: "Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein." (Zech. 2:4) In this we see the abundance of ministration and provision for God's elect. "For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her." (Zech. 2:5) Would to God we could think more of this. He Himself is the glory of His own grace, righteousness, salvation, and kingdom. "Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon." (Zech. 2:7) If we look upon this as a mere precept to be obeyed at will, we make a sad mistake, for there can be no true obedience to any of JEHOVAH'S gracious commands but through the performance of the same by the mighty power of God the ever-blessed Spirit. God gives not this blessed portion of His Word that we may obey it at will; but that He may bring it home to our hearts with sovereign and solemn power, and in His own good time of favor cause us to shake off our wretched Babylonish connections. Notice the next glorious declaration: "After the glory hath He sent Me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye." Can you have a promise more precious than this? Yet without the application and performance of the same by the Holy Ghost, where are you? I speak to those of you who know something of those peculiar exercises of the children of God which try them when they come across portions which appear as so many commands only to reveal inability to obey and helplessness to comply, and seem to be placed in the Book to distract the soul. It is blessed when we are brought to experience Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." It is then we are taught the glorious truth that "God's commandings are God's enablings," and His promises will prove to be His performances in the set time to favor Zion. Look still further: "For, behold, I will shake Mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent Me." Who is the person here speaking? It is the LORD of hosts. What are we to understand by this? That this teaches neither Unitarianism nor Socinianism. Here one Person who is styled JEHOVAH of hosts says, JEHOVAH of hosts hath sent me. We can only understand this in the light of that glorious truth which shines from the heart and understanding of Isaiah, as recorded in his sixth chapter. In the temple he saw the glory of Christ high and lifted up. That it was the glory of Christ we have New Testament warrant in John 12:39-41. Isaiah says, "And one (seraphim) cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts." JEHOVAH, thrice holy. The Father holy. The Son holy. The Spirit holy. JEHOVAH the Father, JEHOVAH the Son, JEHOVAH the Holy Ghost. Yet marvelous and mysterious truth, there are not three, but one JEHOVAH in His uncreated and undivided essence. JEHOVAH, Three in One and One in Three, is Holy. Look at the margin: "His glory is the fullness of the whole earth." God's glory is His elect scattered abroad among all nations and found by Him among all people. Israel is His glory in whom He will reveal and manifest the glory of His salvation and the glory of His grace. JEHOVAH-JESUS is the Sent of the Father to communicate the blessings of His grace to His own elect. In the declaration of such precious truths as these, we have a gracious new covenant command in the words of our text, which we will now consider in the following order:--
I. THE REJOICING--"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion."
II. THE REASON FOR THIS REJOICING--"For, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD."
III. THE RESULT OF HIS COMING--"And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent Me unto thee."
I. THE REJOICING--"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion." Singing songs to sad hearts is but solemn mockery. To demand a cheerful song from a captive Zionite is to add insult to injury. We find as we contemplate the various parts of God's most Holy Word by the guidance of God the ever-blessed Spirit, that the greater portion of the time of the saint's pilgrimage is spent in sadness, sorrow, and mourning. O, say some of you, that is not our experience. Well, what has been your experience spiritually during the past week? I do not wish to know what you have gone through in the natural course of events; but what has been your experience spiritually? Have you not lived much in entire forgetfulness of God, of His truth, of His Christ, and of His people? The very nature of your profession of occupation has filled your mind with earthly things, and a moment's reflection has caused sorrow and mourning. At times you can say, "Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee;" (Ps. 73:25) but more frequently your plaintive cry is heard," "Why hidest Thou Thy face from me?" If you have any religion whatever drawn from Himself and communicated by Himself in the very spots of necessity He has created, you know full well that mercies second-hand will not do for you. The testimony from the preacher's lips, however clear, sound, and Scriptural it may be, will come to you with chilling and freezing effect, except it be brought home with sovereign power to your heart by the Holy Ghost. If you have been favored with a spiritual apprehension of JEHOVAH'S mind and will concerning you, I will be bound to say that in connection therewith you have experienced more of sorrow than of joy, more of darkness than of light, more of perplexity than of pleasure. We see in all this the necessity for that comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. The Father is the Comforter of His sorrowing children. The Son is the Comforter of His troubled brethren. The Spirit is the Comforter of the waiting bride. But where would the comfort be if we knew nothing of mourning because of sin, or indwelling corruptions, the burden of the flesh, and Satan's temptations? There could be none whatever.
"What comfort can a Saviour bring
To those who never felt their woe?
A sinner is a sacred thing;
The Holy Ghost has made him so.
New life from Him we must receive
Before for sin we rightly grieve."
But the precious new covenant command of our text is,
"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion." What is Zion? Zion is that favored spot upon which JEHOVAH has pitched and fixed His everlasting and unchanging affection. It is not for us to look at Zion naturally, but Zion spiritually. Over Zion upon earth, the cold crescent at this moment waves, and the standard of the infidel is unfurled. Satan, with his superstitions, idolatries, and delusions, reigns on every hand. It is our blessed privilege to stand with Paul upon new covenant ground and associate with those who are Jews indeed and in truth. Look at Heb. 12:22-24: "But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." This is Zion, the perfection of beauty, where God reveals Himself. It is the Church of the living God. It is where the spirits of just men appear in perfection, even the perfection of their great and glorious Head. There are those who look upon Zion and Israel as apart altogether from the Church of God. Such are perfectly welcome to their crude and carnal views; but I know of no Zion or Israel apart from the Church, the people, the elect, the redeemed of JEHOVAH. All who are identified with the Mediator of the covenant on Mount Zion stand on new covenant ground, having departed from the dark shades of Sinai, where nothing is heard but wrath and condemnation. On Zion blessings abound to the elect and redeemed of God through their great and glorious King, a precious Christ. In the revelation of Christ to the soul God's covenant command goes forth with power, and the daughter of Zion cannot but sing and rejoice.
But why this singing and rejoicing? It is because God has graciously communicated the fact that He has measured out everything for me. When such a glorious fact is revealed to my heart by the power of the Holy Ghost, I must rejoice. Satan may bring in dread array all the sins of my past life, he may taunt me with my inability, and the accursed indifference which ofttimes seizes me; but when my Saviour and Deliverer is revealed to the eyes of my spiritual understanding, I can do nothing but rejoice before Him. At such seasons as these I can glorify God in the fire and in the flood, and in the vale of humiliation when I am blessed with the sweet assurance that my God has designed and measured all for me and none against me. If God in covenant, God in His determination, and God in His dealings be for us, who can be against us? In the revelation of this glorious fact I hear the covenant command of my God, and my heart rejoices before Him. Look still further. He makes Himself known to me as my Shelter and Defense: He says, "I will be a wall of fire round about her." God my salvation is God my security. He has made Himself, in His attributes and promises, so many walls and bulwarks round about His people, over which neither sin, nor Satan, nor hell, nor death, nor curse, nor condemnation can ever pass. When I am brought to the knowledge of the blessed fact, that within those sacred bounds of His own appointing and fixing I stand in undisturbed security with Him, free from every sin with which Satan would accuse me, free from every condemnation with which he would scare me, free from every accusation with which he would terrify me, how can I refrain from giving thanks to the Father who has made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light? What light is that? "Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee." (Isa. 60:1) Not future; but present. See 2 Cor. 4:6, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined into?" No! "Hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Blessed with a glorious defense around us, and with His glorious light within us, we must rejoice.
But look still further. We have not only the security, but the sympathy of JEHOVAH-JESUS. "He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye." Here human sensitiveness is brought forth to illustrate the jealous care with which God watches over His own in every persecution or tribulation they endure. Turn to 2 Thess. 1:6, "Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you: and to you who are troubled rest with us." You may depend upon it, if we were kept in remembrance of the sympathy and succor flowing from the compassionate heart of Jesus, we should not manifest the impatience and irritability we are conscious of sometimes. O what a kind, gracious, and loving God we have! He has reserved to Himself the gracious right of bearing all our cares, concerns, and anxieties. Lord! come with Thine own sweet power and say unto my soul, "Cast all thy care upon Me, for I care for thee." In dwelling upon this rejoicing, I should like you to notice that precious covenant command in Zeph. 3:14, in which there has been a sweetness and blessedness to my soul for many long years: "Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments." Can you do anything else but rejoice when the Lord makes known to you the blessed fact that He has taken away your judgment? All the curse and condemnation due to us carried into the land of neverending forgetfulness, thrown into the sea of eternal oblivion, cast behind God's back by the sufferings and death of the Surety of the covenant, who endured all the judgment, condemnation, curse and wrath due to His people. In the communication of this glorious fact, can you do aught else but rejoice? Yes,
"Dissolved by such goodness I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I've found."
Why, my friends, there is rejoicing in thy very tears. See! "He hath cast out thine enemy." O, cries some sorrowing soul, " I wish He had." But, has He not cast out thine enemy? While Satan was within and held undisputed and undisturbed possession of thy soul, he was at peace with you, and you were at peace with him. You were on good terms with him and he with you. There was no trouble, no anxiety, no distress of soul in regard to spiritual and eternal realities until a greater than he, even our most glorious Christ, came and drove him out of the spot he had so long usurped. Until the set time of favor, he reigns and rules in the hearts, understandings, affections, and wills of elect and redeemed sinners; but when Christ comes by the power of the Holy Ghost, casts out the usurper and takes his place, he can never enter there again. Some of you may object, saying, "I feel him in me daily." You fancy you do, but let me assure you it is not so. If Christ is in you, Satan will not let you alone. You will feel his accursed injections, his hellish insinuations, his fierce temptations, working upon your fleshly and carnal nature; but the idea of Satan being in a regenerated child of God is contrary to the mind and will of JEHOVAH the Father, to the redeeming work of JEHOVAH the Son, and to the grace and indwelling of JEHOVAH the Spirit. He can never take possession again; but, as assuredly as he is dethroned and cast out, and the Christ of God, whose sweet company is the only source of true delight to you, is set up in your affections, Satan will harass you with hurling many a fiery dart at you, distress you with many an accusation, and worry you with many a fit of unbelief and rebellion. But when the precious communication is made to your exercised spirit, that there is no condemnation to you, and that your enemy, God's enemy, Christ's enemy, is cast out, you cannot but rejoice. "The King of Israel, even the LORD is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more." No more? That is like the old fellow who thanked God for the end of the week, saying, "The troubles, trials, and temptations will never be encountered again, the evil of them I shall see no more for ever." That is covenant communication and covenant rejoicing.
"Rejoice, ye saints, in every state,
Divine decrees remain unmoved;
No turns of Providence abate
God's care for those He once has loved."
We now come to notice--
II. THE REASON FOR THIS REJOICING--"For, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD." The coming of the Bridegroom to the bride is the joy and rejoicing of her heart. We will notice a few instances of JEHOVAH'S coming to His people during the Old Testament dispensation. We love a coming God, but we do not like a going God. We love the revelation of God to us and in us. His nature is to come to us. Our nature is to go from Him. Mark you, I am not now speaking of the Divine nature manifest in regeneration, but of our nature derived from Adam the first. According to that nature, we shall get as far away as we possibly can from God. In connection with this subject I have seen and enjoyed more spiritual profit, blessedness, and comfort from the third chapter of Genesis than ever I have heard from the pulpit, or seen from the press. The glory of God's Gospel is set before us in that chapter. It is invariably quoted to prove the fall of man, the utter degeneracy of human nature, the complete ruin entailed by Adam upon his posterity, and the reign of death and destruction upon the earth. But upon new covenant ground, with God's light thrown upon it, I see something higher and more glorious than all this. I do see Adam and Eve plunged in the depths of the fall; but I see also a covenant God coming! coming! coming! Seeking! seeking! seeking! Saving! saving! saving! The guilty pair heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the cool of the day, and hid themselves behind the trees of the garden. The Voice of JEHOVAH found them in their hiding place, and drew from Adam the confession of his sin, and guilt, and shame. He then proclaimed salvation full and free through the bruising of the heel of the seed of the woman, and the utter destruction of Satan's powerful designs against His Church and people. Then we come to that glorious last verse, "So He drove out the man." Drove him out of his earthly Eden to find in Him a heavenly home. This is true in the experience of every elect vessel of mercy in every spot where he would feather his nest, make earth delightful, or seek the comforts of home at the expense of God's glory. He drives out elect men only to bring them into the land of spiritual promise, there to reveal to them the love of his heart, the riches of His grace, and the blessings of His everlasting covenant.
"Lo, I come!" is the cry of the Surety of the new covenant the Person who speaks in our text. Look at Him in His coming to Abram, as recorded in Genesis 15:1, "After these things." After the din of war and the clash of arms. "After these things the Word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am thy Shield, and thy exceeding great Reward." This is none other than the Covenanting Word; (Hag. 2:5) the Word of the LORD by whom the heavens were made; (Ps. 33:6) the communicating Word to all the election of grace. He came to counsel and comfort Abram in a time of spiritual darkness and necessity. You see Him again coming and communing with Abraham in Gen. 18; but in the last verse we are told, "the LORD went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place," which was one of bitterness, dreariness, and discontent.
"Lo, I come!" This was fact when Israel was in affliction, bondage, and oppression in Egypt. He heard their cry, communicated His mind to Moses in Horeb. He then visited His oppressed people and made Himself known to them in His judgments upon their oppressors. He redeemed them by a mighty hand, guided them through their wilderness wanderings, in the midst of which He gave to Moses a design for the tabernacle in which He would reveal Himself to Israel, His covenant people, in the shekinah above the mercy-seat. To Moses He said, "And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." (Ezek. 25:22) In every part and particular of the tabernacle, it matters not how minute or insignificant it may appear, we have a lively type of the sacred and sinless humanity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. See how He is revealed in John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," or, as it may be legitimately rendered, "tabernacled among us." This was the tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man. The tabernacle in the wilderness was typical of the preordained One who should come, typical of that great and glorious JEHOVAH-JESUS whose goings forth from the days of eternity have been for the glory of His Father and for the eternal salvation of His people. That He should come we have the testimony of Jacob in Genesis 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come." This is Zion's Peacemaker, the Prince of peace and unto Him shall the gathering of the elect tribes of Israel be.
Turn with me to Psalm 40:6,7. Here we have the Lord Jesus Christ speaking: "Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire: Mine ears hast Thou opened." This has reference, no doubt, to Exod. 21:6, where the faithful servant is represented as having his ear bored to the door post, thus signifying that he would serve his master for ever and would not go out free. "Burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the Book it is written of Me." Now turn to Heb. 10:5-10: "Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God. Above when He said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that He may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." ONCE, never to be repeated. ONCE, and for ever. Our text this morning is a glorious prophecy of the coming in the flesh of our blessed Lord and Saviour. It is a wondrous prophecy of His mysterious incarnation. The necessity for this marvelous act of condescension on the part of JEHOVAH the eternal Word is seen in the demand of God's righteous law for perfect obedience thereto, and in the event of failure for perfect satisfaction. These demands bring to light the inability of the sinner to obey, and his unwillingness to suffer, which could only be in the pains of hell for ever. From the bosom of the Father the God-Man came, according to the promise, "Lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee." Who can sound forth the love of JEHOVAH-JESUS in taking upon Himself to deliver elect man and not abhorring the virgin's womb? As Man He suffered. As God He satisfied. As the God-Man Mediator of His Church and people, He obeyed God's law perfectly, and satisfied its claims supremely. As bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, during a life of suffering here upon earth, He learned how to sympathize truly with His tried and tempted brethren, and how to come with His succor to the very spots of necessity appointed for them in their Father's will. Again and again He comes just where His people are in the experience of the weight of their sins, the burden of their anxieties, the crushing nature of their cares, and the overwhelming power of Satan's temptations. It matters not what their circumstances and sorrows may be, in the time appointed of the Father, the faithful Servant of the covenant is nigh at hand to bless with His salvation, sympathy, and succor. In the days of His flesh He was ready to cast out a legion of devils from one, the very perfection of devilry from another, as in the case of Mary Magdalene, or a raving and tearing devil from a child of whom it is said, "And as he was yet a coming the devil threw him down, and tare him." (Luke 9:42) You all know that beautiful incident in the parable of the Good Samaritan, when religion and education could do nothing for the poor wretch who lay stripped, wounded, and half dead, the "Samaritan as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." (Luke 10:33,34) Blessed be the name of our JEHOVAH-JESUS! Of Him we can sing with rejoicing spirits,
"In every pang that rends the heart,
The Man of sorrows bears a part;
He sympathises with the grief,
AND BRINGS THE SUFFERING SAITH RELIEF."
This is not all. His promise was that He would not only come to His people in the days of His flesh, but, "I will dwell in the midst of thee." These are cheering and encouraging words to Zion that dwells with the daughter of Babylon, to Zion in captivity, to Zion crushed under the galling yoke of the oppressor, to Zion mourning over her weakness and unworthiness. Zion, whom no man seeketh after, is here blessed with the promise of her seeking God. Of Him it is said, "Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come." (Ps. 102:13) Of her He could say, by the pen of His servant David, "For the LORD hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation. This is My rest for ever; here will I dwell: for I have desired it." (Ps. 132:13,14) It is a glorious privilege when we are taken, amid all our cares and anxieties, to rest our weary heads in the bosom of everlasting love. Our rest is sweet and precious in the person of a covenant God in Christ. But what must the rest of JEHOVAH be? See! "His rest shall be glorious." (Isa. 11:10) Where is the rest of a covenant God in Christ? It is the heaving bosom, the anxious spirit, the broken heart of an elect vessel of mercy. Think of that! The great JEHOVAH dwelling with and in elect and redeemed sinners. "For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (2 Cor. 6:16)
Turn now with me to that wonderful declaration in Isa. 48:16, "Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I; and now the Lord GOD, and His Spirit hath sent Me." The correct rendering of this is, "And now the Lord GOD hath sent Me and His Spirit." JEHOVAH-JESUS was sent by the Father to accomplish the salvation of Zion. He came, and returned to render a faithful account of His service. JEHOVAH THE SPIRIT was sent to testify of the Father's Christ and to reveal Him in the experience of His suffering brethren, bringing them into blessed association with the Man of sorrows, to feel their helplessness and nothingness, and to find in Him all the treasures of covenant grace and mercy as their refreshment in time and their rejoicing throughout eternity.
Let us now briefly notice,--
III. THE RESULT OF HIS COMING--"And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent Me unto thee." This was fulfilled in part on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2:5-11. Out of every nation under heaven elect ones were gathered by the power of the Holy Ghost to the person of Jesus, God-Man, Sovereign Ruler over all. From this time, until time shall be no longer, the promise of Christ shall be fulfilled in every spot of the habitable parts of God's earth, "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt. 18:20) Not only to Zion collectively. but to Zion individually. Its truth shall be verified in the assembly of the saints in the congregation of the faithful as they listen to the declarations of God's sent servant, and as they hang upon the lips of God's faithful ministers for personal instruction and edification that there may be the individual realization of that truth. "Christ in you the hope of glory." (Col. 1:27) If He dwells in our hearts by faith, it will be our blessed privilege to join in the song of the redeemed,--
"THOU ART WORTHY TO TAKE THE BOOK, AND TO OPEN THE SEALS THEREOF: FOR THOU WAST SLAIN, AND HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD BY THY BLOOD, OUT OF EVERY KINDRED, AND TONGUE, AND PEOPLE, AND NATION; AND HAST MADE US UNTO OUR GOD KINGS AND PRIESTS: AND WE SHALL REIGN OF THE EARTH." (Rev. 5:9,10)
May the Lord add His blessing for His name's sake. Amen.