From and To

26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”  27 “This is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins” (Romans 11).

“Zion” is a name often used as a synonym for Jerusalem. The word means “sunny place” and is first found in 2 Samuel 5:7, referring to a mountain in Jerusalem on which stood a Jebusite fortress which David conquered, thus producing Jerusalem as his namesake: the City of David.  So, David conquered that “sunny place” from which Jesus, the Son of David (and “the Light of the World”) came and conquered “the Prince of Darkness”—thus fulfilling God’s “covenant” to “remove ungodliness” from God’s people and “take away their sins.”

Here we have both a “from” and a “to” occurring at the same time.  For “The Deliverer” (as the Son of David) came from Zion, yet (as the Son of God), also came to Zion.  He came to finish what David had started.  David removed a portion of ungodly people; Jesus removed ungodliness itself.

Lord, thank You for removing our ungodliness by not counting it against us.  Thank You for removing our darkness and making us lights in the world.  Help us This Day to reflect Your light and Your light only.  Amen.