DEVOTIONAL: Four Families
February 13, 2001

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Zechariah 12:11-14

"In that day shall there by a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart."

Four families: David, Nathan, Levi and Shimei, linked to future mourning. Why are these four family names selected by the prophet, 480 years before the birth of Christ? Why would these four families be mourning in such a way as to be extraordinarily recognized above all the other family names of the House of Judah?

First of all, their mourning will be like that of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon, where the good and Godly King Josiah was killed, but Josiah was killed in a battle between Necho of Egypt and Carchemish from the Euphrates. Who was this Hadadrimmon? A combination of the names Hadad and Rimmon. Rimmon, a city of Zebulon, will be in particular mourning when the Jews discover that Jesus is the messiah, for he came out of Zebulon: from Nazareth. This OT passage clearly marked Zebulon, also known as Galilee, as being linked with Messiah, but this was ignored and forgotten by the time of the arrival of Jesus. But, what of Hadad?

Hadad was the first adversary of Solomon. His story and rise to power is documented in 1 Kings 11. Oh, how distraught will the adversary of our souls be when the people of the area of Galilee have their eyes opened and are mourning the death of the good king?

And then, David (beloved), Nathan (He who is given), Levi (Called to be a priest in the temple) and Shimei (David's keeper of the vineyard). Yes, these four families will mourn the BELOVED Jesus WHO WAS GIVEN as a ransom for many and who served as THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST after the order of Melchizedek and WHO IS THE VINE and who is now the LORD AND KEEPER OF THE VINEYARD, to whom we must be attached as branches and in whom we must abide in order to obtain the life of His spirit. Yes, they will mourn most bitterly for these reasons.

Oh, the riches and majesty of the word of God. There is no end to the beauty and revelation contained in it. It is food and drink, and yes, even a medicine. Hallelujah.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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