Urgent Returns

Urgent Returns

Urgent Returns
Week 11: 09/03/2023. Thu

Three times the word was used here, "return".

Zechariah 1:3–4 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. [4] Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. (ESV)

"Return" is the OT term for repentance. It is a complete turnaround, an about-face rotation. It's a change in loyalty—a shift away from self and sin, and a new reorientation towards the LORD and His wonderful words and ways.

The focus is not on boring or not, not whether it excites you, nor whether it would pique your interest. Urgent return on the human side involves turning away from evil as defined by God, so that forgiveness of sin is meaningful and possible. Assumed in that process are sincere prayers and confessions.

On the part of God, "return to you" points to God's acceptance of the repentant person—real repentance rather than "for show" or "looks good" only. Here, God restores the person to a healthy, clean and refreshed relationship with Him.

Because "return" averts judgment, "return" is urgent and has to be done now.