And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts. “As I called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear,” says the LORD of hosts, “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.”
by: Gem Barton.
God sent Zechariah to tell His people that He did not like what he saw when He looked down. The widows and orphans were being treated unjustly; the stranger and poor were being oppressed; injustice ran rampant. Does this sound familiar? God said since they were not listening to Him, He would not hear them when they called out to Him but instead He would scatter them. This may seem harsh, but God’s laws were being ignored and there are consequences for that (see Proverbs 1:24 -28). If you hear the voice of God, harken to it and obey His commands. Obey the voice of God and avoid judgement.