Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Wikipedia defines Astrology as a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects. So that those who study the heavenly bodies and their movements are able to predict what happens on earth.
Until proof became an issue, astrologers were revered and their work was considered scholarly and scientific. Some have said that, students of Prophet Daniel, the master interpreter of dreams, might have been the originators of astrology, so trace its roots to the prophet himself. 🤔
Whatever be the case and whichever argument is true, one thing is certain… that the “wise men saw His star in the East”. I believe one of the imports of this is that nature responds one way or the other to divinity.
So in literal terms, your star may be shining so bright that those who are able to perceive such may want to either align with you, like the wise men did, or bring you down like Herod wanted. May His angels protect us, so we live to see the manifestations of our shining stars.
And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.
 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it ! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.
I have always struggled when it comes to getting a gift for a “big” man.
I know very well that is must be something that befits his status, whether he is a humble man or not. Usually in such scenarios I’d consult another person, most often a lady, I tend to believe they have good taste and an eye for these things 😊.
The prophet Malachi, had to call his people, post-exile people, to order! The quality of their offering to God had gone from bad to worse, signifying how much they regarded God at the time. The defective animals would not even be given to their governor, how much more the King of Kings.
Lukewarness is seen in many areas of ones spiritual life, not just in the visible externals, but also what we give to Him in secret. Go all out and do your best for Him. Honour Him with quality!
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE Lord ; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “The day of the LORD?”
The term has been used quite extensively by many scholars, as has been used too by prophets of old. For the ancient Jews, everything that was dedicated to the LORD for use in His temple, was considered Holy, and these included personalities like priests and levites. They even wore labels to depicts this.
However, prophet Zechariah declares that on the day of the LORD, even horses and ordinary pots in homes will be made sacred. Those who are not even Jews will find themselves adopted and grafted in (v20 & 21). So like Paul the apostle will say, we all become partakers… Isn’t this wonderful?
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.” Be prepared! Be prepared!! Be prepared!!!
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord… I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
…  that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
Last time I had a discussion with someone on the spate of mushroom churches in our neighbourhood, the intention was to get in touch with them to mobilize their youth for some communal work.
It didn’t turn out too good. The discussions waded into uncomfortable areas and some of the pastors/prophets started getting the stick. This apathy towards prophets and the prophetic ministry by a section of the masses is not entirely blameable on the latter.
Indeed, prophets have been getting the stick since the days of old, but such has usually been from the LORD Himself. Through many other prophets, God has and will continue to judge fake, quack stomach-prophets who bring dishonour unto His Holy name, He doesn’t really need your help to do that.
Don’t make your business identifying who is fake or not. You can know some by their fruits and others by discernment. Spend more of your energy working out your own salvation and leave the LORD to deal with his own weeds in His vineyard.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
 …and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
One of the things I love about the bible is its precise predictions of future occurrences.
In the text above (Zech 9:9-10) the prophet spoke those words many many years before the Messiah was actually born, His famous donkey-ride and His promise of peace. All these were foretold.
But what is more striking about Prophet Zechariah’s prophecy is he seeing at that time, that the Prince of Peace’s dominion shall be from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth. Today you and I have access to Him, fulfilling that prophesy and making Him still relevant thousands of years after.
Let no man deceive you with beautiful words that make them seem intelligent or highly enlightened. Jesus is the King that was promised and knowledge of Him will continue to spread. Be part of this cause and be a tool for the fulfilment of this prophecy.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
Anyone who has ever lived in a time of war, usually appreciates “Peace” better than those who haven’t.
Having watched video tapes of several wars, be it WWI, WWII or others, one can literally feel the sense of joy on the faces of the people when a “cease fire” is declared or the war is over. That joy of their faces is almost tangible. Everyone, even those fighting, not just the civilians, prefers the peace! So that the best gift for any victim/active participant of war is actually a promise of peace.
The prophet Zechariah spoke these words to the returnees on behalf of Yahweh; “the city will be full of boys and girls playing; old men and women will be seen in the streets…” The message was clear, a peace promise had been made by the LORD to His people.
I pray that this promise of peace will be extended into the homes of all of us reading this. That joy may permeate our homes and infiltrate our workplaces for our sakes. That a promise of a greater peace shall pursue us, in Jesus’s name, Amen.
Zechariah 7:8-10 KJV And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying,
 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
My friend, Steve, was a very staunch member of the Charismatic Renewal in my school, when we were students. His level of commitment was very admirable.
Many years after school while we were talking, Steve confessed to me he wasn’t fasting as much as he did anymore. My initial thoughts leaned towards backsliding, so I was going to encourage a brother, only for him to present me with an eye opener. He was now more conscious of mercy and compassion towards his fellow man. His religiosity had taken a different shape due to consistent reading of the Word.
The Jews, while in exile fasted and prayed a lot for freedom. Now that they were free, the prophet Zechariah would advise them to now devote more time to mercy and compassion, while they feasted and made merry.
Being religious is not a bad thing, but when we neglect true judgement, show of mercy and compassion to our fellows, it makes nonsense of all our religiosity. Feast and make merry when you have to. Give yourself to love and practise same to others. True religion is of the heart!