My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Zechariah 7

You gotta do what's right

Summary:
The people wanted to ask God whether they should fast like they usually did in the exile. But God thought that they had been fasting for selfish reasons. They should just do what is right, but they seem to have struggled with that! That makes God angry. That's why they were scattered!

Key verses:
9-10. This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'

My thoughts:
This is one of the more powerful reoccurring themes of the prophetic literature of the Old Testament. That is, the fact that God prefers justice and right action over religious activities.

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