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Be silent!  |  Zechariah 2:13 (NASB)

13 “Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.”

Zechariah 2:13 (NASB)

Be silent before the king

When in the presence of an earthly king, the subjects of the king are expected to keep silent out of respect and fear when in his presence. “Speak only if spoken to” was the rule. If the king accepted you, he would extend his scepter and allow you to stand and speak. 

And when he came out among his people, all were to bow and remain silent. Those who didn’t might be forced to. 

Be silent before God

This represents a taste of being in God’s presence. I don’t think anyone has to call out, “be silent”. Anyone in the presence of God’s holy splendor will be mute and will humble themselves. What can you say? How can we even be in His presence?

Here are some other verses in the same vein: 

  • Habakkuk 2:20 NASB “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.”
  • Psalm 46:10 ESV “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
  • 1 Timothy 6:16 NASB “who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”

God is aroused

God sits on His throne in Heaven in His unapproachable holy temple. He is always watching and acting. He sends angels and even the Lord Jesus to execute His will. 

Aroused means more than waking up. Psalm 121:4 tells us, “Behold, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” So what does this mean? What idea comes to your mind? I picture a lion who has been laying down waiting for his prey. When the prey comes, he is aroused to take action.

Our God is for us. We need to be for Him and submit ourselves to Him, trusting Him in all things. Delight ourselves in Him and in His Word.

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