Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
"Jehovah will certainly save the tents of Judah first." (Zechariah 12:7)
In ancient Israel, tents were a distinctive feature in the land, at times being used by shepherds and agricultural workers. Such people would be the first affected and would be in need of protection if an enemy nation came to attack the city of Jerusalem. The expression “the tents of Judah” indicates that the anointed remnant in our time are out in the open field, so to speak, not in fortified cities. There they fearlessly defend the interests of the Messianic Kingdom. Jehovah of armies will save “the tents of Judah first” because these are in the direct line of Satan’s attack. Indeed, the historical record proves that Jehovah is defending these anointed ambassadors of the Kingdom in their “tents” out in the field. He keeps them from “stumbling” in that he makes them strong and courageous like David, the warrior king.—Zechariah 12:8.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 3:13, 14)
*In regards to the anointed remnant having God's protection despite their vunerable position 'out in the open', (and by extension, -all of God's people as well) the 'All Scripture Is Inspired' book brings out a few extra points that are good to remember. On pg 171 it says: "More than 50 times Zechariah draws attention to "Jehovah of armies" as the One who fights for and protects His people, filling them with power according to their need. When mountainlike opposition threatened the completion of the temple building, Zechariah declared: "This is the word of Jehovah to Zerubbabel, saying, "Not by military force, nor by power, but by my spirit," Jehovah of armies has said. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level land." The temple was completed with the help of Jehovah's spirit. Likewise today, obstacles will melt if tackled with faith in Jehovah. It is just as Jesus told his disciples: "If you have faith the size of a mustard grain, you will say to this mountain, 'Transfer from here to there,' and it will transfer, and nothing will be impossible for you." (Zechariah 4:6, 7; Matthew 17:20)"