[SW177] 03/20/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Ask for Rain”
Word: The Lord is setting the stage for revival. It’s time to pray!
Text: Zechariah 10:1ff
Spoken to: The remnant that returned from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. Zechariah and Haggai prophesied to the rebuilders, encouraging them (Ezra 5:1, 6:4), for their natural AND spiritual restoration!
v. 1 Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain — it is spring, as of today!
— Ask rain not from man, but from the Lord! He is the only One who has what we need — His life, His heart, His love and His power in us!
— So if we ask the Lord, He will give us showers of rain
Joel 2:23 NIV Be glad, O people of Zion,
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you
the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
Showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26)!
— And we who are His people will be fruitful and have abundance once again. What abundance? The Holy Spirit. What fruit? His fruit. When His fruit is manifested, many souls will be saved.
Rain represents blessing and revival. The need to pray for it means something has been amiss between God and us. The next verse tells us what is amiss.
v.v. 2-3a False gods, false shepherds
— We have looked to dead, inanimate things that cannot answer us (Psalm 115:4-8), rather than to the living God. We have listened to ear ticklers, so we are wandering sheep without a shepherd. We have not heeded the voice of the Good Shepherd.
v. 3b But the Lord has visited his flock! He is our true Shepherd!
— Why does He use the past tense? Because in heaven, where He dwells, He sees the end, and He sees the beginning. He sits above time, so He says He has visited, even before we see that He has visited.
— Visit means He will go to see, avenge, care for, deliver to keep, and remember!
When we went astray, He left us to our own devices. But He has not forgotten us. At the appointed time, He returns to us — that’s what “remembered” means.
— He will make us like HIS majestic horse in battle.
— Horses were a superior instrument of warfare battle in those times.
— They were a symbol of swiftness, sure-footedness, power.
— No longer will we trust in men or natural horses. Instead, we will be like the Lord’s horses! Swift. sure-footed, powerful in His power! And He never loses a battle!
v. 4 His Cornerstone — His Christ
His tent peg — His support
His bow of battle (He trains our fingers for battle, and makes us able to bend a bow of bronze (Psalm 144:1, 18:34)
His rulers — no longer chosen by men, but by Him
v. 5 We will be as mighty warriors (2 Cor 10:5)
We will tread down the enemy (1John 4:4, James 4:7)
We will fight, for the Lord will be with us (2 Chronicles 20:15, 20)
v. 6 The Lord will strengthen us (make us firm so we prevail against the Enemy)
He will deliver us (save us out of the miry clay we’ve been in)
He will bring us back to Himself
He has racham toward us (tender mercy, like a mother toward her child)!
It will be as though He never rejected us (cast us off, moved us away from Him), though He did reject us when we followed false gods and false shepherds.
Why? Because HE is our God.
He will visited us, go to see us, avenge us, care for us, deliver us to keep us, and remember us!
v. 9 Our exile from His presence caused us to remember Him, and now, He will remember us.
v. 10 He will bring us back from sin (Egypt).
v. 11 We will cross over and out of the sea of distress (trouble, anguish) and not drown in it.
He will strike the waves in the sea, as in the Exodus, so that even the mightiest waters dry up.
The scepter will depart Egypt — sin will no longer rule us.
Assyria’s (in this case, a typology or symbol of Satan as well as a real kingdom) pride will be cast down, it will fall down, Satan will fall down.
v. 12 Again, He says I will strengthen you in Me.
— Not in our own strength
— And He says, “They will walk in My name,” as representing Me, having My character and nature. He declares it!
We will, indeed, become partakers of the divine nature, and that will permanently repair the rift between us and our God. HALLELUJAH!
Beloved, a warning from the Lord — when He sends the rain, do not try to manage it or manipulate it. Just stand by and let Him work in hearts. Simply rejoice as you watch Him!
And remember, it will no longer be necessary to work real hard to be like Jesus — He will do the heavy lifting. All we have to do is agree with Him as we walk with Him!
Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain! He is coming to visit us once again, to free His people and bring them back to Himself!
Come back to Him even now, this very moment! Cast away your idols and false shepherds to the moles and the bats! Now is the time!