“The word of the Lord came to Zechariah: “The Lord of Hosts says this: Make fair decisions. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.” (Zechariah 7:8-10)
Zechariah was a prophet of the Lord. He was given the task of sharing the words of the Lord to the people after their return from exile in Babylon. Some of these words are in the passage here. The Lord wanted the people to remember these things. To be fair in their decisions. To have love and compassion for one another. To not be oppressive to those hurting or those in need. And to not plot evil against one another.
These words, written down thousands of years ago, still hold true today. God still wants those that love and worship Him to do these things. He wants us to “make fair decisions”. He wants us to “show faithful love and compassion to one another.” He wants us to “not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor” and to “not plot evil” in our hearts towards one another.
We see today much anger and hurt and sin around us. There was much anger and hurt and sin in Zechariah’s day. But just as God called the people in Zechariah’s day to this standard of fairness, compassion, love, grace and mercy, we are called to do the same. So this week let us not be about anger and hate and division. But let us be about fairness and love and compassion and hope. And we are able to have those things because of Jesus Christ.