Text: Zechariah 10:8-12
Title: "When God Whistles"
Subject: Will you come when God calls?
Intro: The Bible says, "And He will lift up an Ensign to the nations
from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and,
behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:" Isaiah 5:26
How many of you have ever seen a dog? How many of you have ever
owned a dog? How many of you have been bitten by a dog? How many of
you have ever bitten a dog?
How many of you have ever used a dog whistle, or at least seen
someone else use one? Because dogs can hear sounds beyond the pitch
of the human ear, a dog whistle, that sounds silent to us, can be
heard by a dog. And if the dog has been trained correctly, he will
respond to the whistle. In fact, many breeds of "working dogs" like
collies and spaniels are trained to follow the commands of their
owners entirely by the various sounds of the whistle. Now notice I
said that the dog must be trained to obey the whistle. Just blowing
a whistle will not fill your backyard up with dogs!
The Bible says, "And He will lift up an Ensign to the nations from
far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold,
they shall come with speed swiftly:"
I wonder if you will be surprised when I tell you that God has a
whistle that only the obedient can hear. It is tuned to the pitch of
the heart that longs to obey God. It is tuned to the pitch of the
ears of those who long to hear from God. It is tuned so that those
that hear it instantly obey its call. It is a supernatural whistle
that touches the heart and directs the path of those trained to
And some day you will find yourself in a "field trial" and God will
blow His whistle, and you will either be obedient or disobedient to
its high pitched call. You will either respond or ignore the call of
God on your life.
Some in this room have already heard the call of God's whistle deep
in your heart, and now you must determine to be obedient no matter
the cost. For those who have not heard the silent whistle of God, I
trust you desire to be used of God in a special way, and that you
are training your ear for the day of God's sure calling.
Zechariah 10:8-12 -- "When God Whistles" -- prayer
I. GOD'S WHISTLE IS SURE TO SOUND (v8)
Note: Although this passage speaks of the Messianic blessings for
the N of I, we can apply its truths to ourselves. Picture yourself
as a working dog, far out in the field, and connected to your master
only by the sound of his whistle. You would want your master's
whistle to be loud enough to hear; to give a clear call, and to be
precise in its directions.
A. God's Whistle ("hiss")
1. It is God's Whistle ("I will")
a. God's promise that He will whistle (God whistles to all men)
1) Lost, He calls to be saved.
2) Saved, He calls to serve (different way, times, purposes)
Note: There are many whistles calling to you today and trying to
direct your life. You need spiritual ears to hear the voice of God
and you need silence to recognize the voice of God. You will have no
trouble recognizing God's whistle if you are faithful to prayer,
Bible study, church attendance, and obedience.
2. God's whistle is for your benefit ("gather ["assemble, collect"]
a. To put your life together, to make it whole, give it meaning
Note: This shows we have a need for God's direction to counter our
B. God's Whistle Calls the Redeemed
1. "Redeemed" = ransomed, bought back
Note: Some of you have gotten dogs or cats at the Humane Soc. You
have redeemed or bought back an animal that was destined to die. You
have paid the necessary ransom. That is what God did!
2. It is God's redemption ("I have")
a. Ears to hear
C. God's Whistle is for the Redeemed's Benefit (master/dog)
1. "Increase" = to become great, many, much
a. Shall (future)
b. Have (past)
Note: Obedience to God's call means increase. Disobedience means
God whistles and God redeems, but you get the increase!
II. GOD'S WHISTLE LEADS (v9)
A. God does the Placing ("I will sow" ["scatter"]) (master places
1. Among the people
a. Own people
b. Strangers in foreign lands
Note: Both are places of service for God. You let God place you
because God has the best view of the field.
B. God Does the Encouraging (dog remembers master)
1. They shall "remember" Me = recall, call to mind.
a. In far countries
Note: It is the thought of God, the remembering of His power and
provision that satisfies here or in a foreign land. There is
something more important than your circumstances, your comfort, your
possessions, it is the knowledge that you are walking in obedience to
2. Sure assurance of God's leading
C. God Gives the Living (master's care of dog)
Note: You can be physically alive, but you might not have A life!
1. "Life" =
a. Physical life ("remain alive, be sustained, be restored")
b. Spiritual life ("be quickened, be alive")
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might
have it more abundantly." John 10:10
2. With their families
3. With a promise ("they will return")
III. GOD'S WHISTLE CALLS THROUGH PERSECUTION AND AFFLICTION (v10-11)
(master sends dog through rough terrain)
A. God Brings Out and God Brings In (v10)
1. Out of Egypt and Assyria (lands of oppression, captivity,
2. Into Gilead ("mountainous, rocky region") and Lebanon ("wooded
mountains"), yet not the promised land.
"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God." Hebrews 11:10
Note: It doesn't matter where you "live" on earth, this is not your
B. God is Present in Affliction (master doesn't leave dog)
1. No place is found for you in this world (but God's place!)
2. You will pass through affliction ("trouble, distress,
3. God will smite ("punish, destroy") the waves, dry the waters,
bring down the pride, and remove the mark of authority. Just so you
can do His will!
IV. OBEYING GOD'S WHISTLE DETERMINES YOUR WALK (v12)
A. God Strengthens ("make strong, mighty, great") (obedient dog gets
the masters time)
1. His own ("them")
a. In Himself ("in the Lord")
B. God Gives Purpose & Direction ("they shall walk up and down")
(master gives dog purpose)
C. God Gives Authority ("in His Name")
1. "Name" = represents all that God is, the totality of His person
a. The privilege of representing & being rightly related to the one
D. God Gives Assurance (master assures dog)
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that
he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he
spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Numbers 23:19
Concl: God has whistled to you to be saved; and He is whistling
right now. Will you do it? God has also whistled to some of you for
full time service. If you have not been obedient to God's call,
settle that today. If you have been obedient, determine a fresh and
anew to follow God's whistle wherever it may lead.