And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.
– Zechariah 14:9 NASB
No one in Zechariah’s day could have fully appreciated what he was promising from the Lord in the verse above. Yes, this verse would have given hope to Zechariah’s fellow Israelites. They longed to see the day when the God of Israel would be exalted throughout the earth. They could not, however, have imagined that the Lord would achieve this feat in the way that He did – no one anticipated such a plan. It was a mystery of God, revealed only in His time.
God’s time was what we call the 1st Century A. D., specifically with the life, death, and resurrection from the dead of Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus’ beginning was modest – as we saw in this prophetic word from the book of Job:
“Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.”
– Job 8:7 NASB
To go from lowly carpenter’s son to “king over all the earth” is quite a stretch, eh? It certainly qualifies as beginning in insignificance and ending greatly increased!
This was God becoming a human being – one of us. He walked a mile in our shoes. Even an extra mile. He turned the other cheek. He laid down His life…not merely for His friends but for His enemies, those who had sinned against Him.
Now – and forevermore – He is king. He alone. For we live in what the Bible calls “the day of the Lord” or “the day of Christ” – the never-ending day when the Lord is king of the universe. It’s as simple as we learned it from Paul in one of these daily devotions a couple of months ago:
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 NASB
This king gave up His throne to seek and find us…in order to bring us back to Himself…and to His throne.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I’m unwilling that You should be a king in name only. Help me think about specific ways I can make Your royal authority over me a reality today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.