Day 20 Sacred Season
28th June Wall of fire : Zechariah 2:5; Isaiah 60:1-2 Barrie Robinson, Tasmania
âJerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,â declares the Lord, âand I will be its glory within. â (Zechariah 2:4-5 NIV)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)
Basis of Union Paragraph 3: The Church preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Anyone who goes camping knows that a campfire provides warmth and gives an atmosphere of companionship. In countries where there are dangerous wild animals, it also keeps these away and affords protection. Even in Australia, it keeps away mosquitos and other unpleasant insects!
God had chosen Jerusalem as a place to bear his name, and at the dedication of his temple in Solomonâs day, his shekinah glory came upon it so that no-one could enter.
In this third vision, Zechariah sees a wall of fire around the city, to protect it. It had no walls, but Godâs glory was within it. The Jerusalem of the vision was, of course, a city whose inhabitants were faithful to Godâs covenant and kept his commandments in love. But the reality was otherwise. Most of the time, the people were unfaithful, and this led to the city being destroyed by fire in 587 BCE and again in 70 CE.
Just as Jerusalem was Godâs sanctuary, so God intends our bodies, our hearts, to be his sanctuary â the temple of the Holy Spirit. If I am faithful in love to God and keep right relationship with him, I can expect his shekinah glory to shine forth from me. So also it is with our churches, the worshipping body, that is, not the building.
So long as we are in right relationship with God, he will shine his glory through us both individually and collectively. He will also surround us with his protecting fire, not from earthly danger and mishaps, but from the forces of spiritual wickedness that would distract us from the path that God has set before us.
Almighty Father, as a disciple of the crucified, risen and glorified Christ, by your grace restore me, equip me and sanctify me that I may reflect your glory into the world around me,
Through Jesus Christ my Lord.
Pray for: a) Unitingworld partner – Christian Church in Sumba
b) Synod of Victoria – Tasmania