Zechariah 8:13 NKJV And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.’
There is so much going on in this chapter. Both Israel and Judah have experienced plenty of oppression, bondage, and slavery through the years, but the Lord begins to shift their vision from their past and present situations to the glorious future of His people and His city Jerusalem. Over and over again the Lord reiterates His promises to His people encouraging and strengthening their faith.
Almost entirely since the end of Solomon’s rule when the northern tribes of Israel separated from Judah rejecting Rehoboam as their king (1 Kings 12), each of two kingdoms are dealt with separately by the Lord and His prophets. But here in Zechariah 8:13 the Lord intentionally identifies both of these kingdoms and revives His covenant promise to them that He spoke to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12 “…you shall be a blessing.” And if you are going to be a blessing to others, you must first be blessed (Genesis 12:2). He made sure to let them know that NONE of them was going to be left out.
I love that this promise of blessing wasn’t just for one tribe or one kingdom, but it was for ALL of God’s people. Today, this includes all of us who have become heirs of God’s promise (Romans 4:16), through faith in the Lord Jesus. You never have to fear being left out. It doesn’t matter your denomination, non-denomination, or the nation you live in. If you have made Jesus the Christ the Lord of your life then you do not have to fear. He came to rescue us from bondage and the bondage of fear. He has set us free from sin and death. He has blessed us and we are called to be a blessing. “…Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.” (Zec 8:13)