Scriptural Gem for March 2013

In Zechariah 2:5 we read: "For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst." This is from the King James version. The New International Version reads as follows: "...And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within."

It is interesting to note that the NIV has the word 'myself' added. This is an attempt to translate a peculiar word that appears in the original Hebrew of this verse. The word is 'Hayah'. This word means 'being', 'to exist', 'to be made manifest'. It is also the basis for what God says to Moses in Exodus 3:14: 'I am what I am...'. What God is saying in Zechariah 2:5 is that He, in his very existense, His presence, His being made manifest, will be with them.

It becomes even more interesting when we see that this word 'Hayah' is used whenever we read: "...and the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah..." (Jeremiah 1:4, 2:1, 7:1 and elsewhere) This word translated 'came to' actually means far more that just a message having been sent to the prophet. It means that God's Word 'became present or was made manifest in' the prophet. How powerful!

This reminds us strongly of John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." That is why when we study God's Word we do so not merely to gain more knowledge or information about Him, but for Him to impart Himself to us... This links beautifully with John 1:14: 'The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...'

Dear friends, may we all meet the living, risen Christ who came to make His home in us in His very existence, His presence, His being made manifest in our lives and not have Him just as an idea or comforting concept in our heads.

Lord, as we study your Word, please impart yourself to us. Amen.