The message for us this month is derived from the revelation of Zechariah, as he recounted a divine visitation that reminded him of several days of mourning by the Israelites, until God gave them palliatives for better days of comfort.
However, God’s promise of an end to mourning for His people came with a caveat, as The Most High also gave them a charge to show love to one another as a mark of the new covenant. The simple obligation they were then expected to observe from that point on was being their brother’s keeper and radiating as a channel of blessing for all and sundry.
Just as Psalms 91:1 says those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High dwell under the shadows of The Almighty, so God also told His people in the ninth month that they must allow love, unity and togetherness become the centerpiece of their every conduct, attitude and inter-personal relations, while eschewing all manner of enmity, apathy, malice and envy.
That’s the exhortation we gain from Zechariah 7: 1-10, which states: “On the fourth day of the ninth month, in the fourth year of the reign of King Darius, God’s Message again came to Zechariah. The town of Bethel had sent a delegation headed by Sarezer and Regem-Melech to pray for God’s blessing and to confer with the priests of the Temple of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and also with the prophets. They posed this question: “Should we plan for a day of mourning and abstinence next August, the seventieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s fall, as we have been doing all these years?”
“God-of-the-Angel-Armies gave me this Message for them, for all the people and for the priests: “When you held days of fasting every fifth and seventh month all these seventy years, were you doing it for me? And when you held feasts, was that for me? Hardly. You’re interested in religion, I’m interested in people. “There’s nothing new to say on the subject. Don’t you still have the message of the earlier prophets from the time when Jerusalem was still a thriving, bustling city and the outlying countryside, the Negev and Shephelah, was populated?
“[This is the message that God gave Zechariah.] Well, the message hasn’t changed. God-of-the-Angel-Armies said then and says now: “‘Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. Don’t take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don’t plot and scheme against one another – that’s evil.’”
This clearly shows the motion from despair to cheer, from deprivation to loving kindness, and from lamentations to celebrations. That is the same charge coming your way in this ninth month of 2017; as we all key into the living word that expects us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Not only are we expected to show love, the charge includes all manner of interactions that go beyond sympathy and grows into a deep level of empathy for one another, especially those in need.
We are also reminded of the need foer us stay righteous and holy in order to gain the fullness of God’s blessings, as Haggai 2: 10-12 says: “In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.”
However, we have to key into God’s ways in order for us to hear His voice and gain from His hands of care. The only condition is that we have to avoid allowing things of the world attract us and take us down the wide path. We must ensure we remain on the narrow way, which only entails continued holiness, righteousness, uprightness and togetherness with our fellow human beings.
Once we stay holy, we are assured of God’s blessings, which will lead to celebrations and thanksgiving to the Most High. That is the way to hear God’s voice, as stated in Jeremiah 36:9-10: “And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD’S house, in the ears of all the people.”
In a write-up by Imelda, titled ‘Angel Number 9 and its Meaning,’ we are also made to understand that “If you keep seeing 9, it symbolizes compassion, enlightenment, and kindness. Your angels are drawing your attention to engage in humanitarian activities and missions. It’s an invitation to share your talents to people who are in need, and to help make other people’s lives a little bit easier.”
Imelda adds: “Your angels want to remind you that you should always have a giving and compassionate heart, because you never know when you will be needing other people’s help, too. When you see the angel number 9, it means that your capacity to empathize is also very strong. You are naturally blessed with the wonderful ability to nurture and comfort.” Correlatively, in this ninth month of 2017, we should all key into the charge to ‘stop mourning, show love.’ Why don’t you today show some love to someone out there, and God’s blessings will surely follow you in multiple of dimensions. AMEN.