In Zechariah 1:7-2:13, there are three visions. The first is about what God can do. The second is that pride can be dangerous, and the third vision is about God’s interest in our future. Zechariah had several questions and all readers of today’s passage probably have some questions like whom is the man riding the red horse and what is God telling us?
In researching who the man is riding the red horse, I’ve concluded that this is Jesus. Later in Zechariah 2:8-9, I believe we find the main message of today’s reading when the scripture reads: “After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you – for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye – I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.”
It’s important to always remember that we are the apple of His eye as demonstrated by what has been done on the cross. Learning, preparing for a career, and being successful are important but only if we have God’s Love which is activated by depending on Him. Jesus is God’s love in action that saves souls now and promises big plans for the future.
When I was working my way through college, most of the money earned was during the summers where I worked for a construction company. Whenever we prepared a foundation or built a wall of a house, we used a measuring tape and string to make sure the construction of the house was level and straight. In building our life, the Word of God is our measuring device and Jesus is our example to follow as we try our best to be lined up or upright.
Today, I’m anticipating God’s care and praising Him. This day with Him will be amazing because we are aware that He loves us beyond measure and we are the “Apple of His Eye.” Today, we have the opportunity to return this received love from God to others.