Zechariah encourages the people to put away the sin in their lives and to continue rebuilding the temple. His visions described the judgment of Israel’s enemies, the blessings to Jerusalem, and the need for God’s people to remain pure – avoiding hypocrisy, superficiality, and sin. Zechariah’s visions provided hope for the people. We also need to carefully follow the instruction to remain pure until Christ Returns.
Besides encouragement and hope, Zechariah’s messages were also a warning that God’s Messianic Kingdom would not begin as soon as the temple was complete. Israel’s enemies would be judged and the King would come, but God’s people would themselves face many difficult circumstances before experiencing the blessing of the Messianic kingdom. We too may face mush sorrow, disappointment, and distress before coming into Christ’s eternal kingdom.
God knows and control the future. We may never see more than a moment ahead, but we can be secure if we trust in him. Read Zechariah and strengthen your faith in God – he alone is your hope and security.
The prophet Zechariah was a priest, the son of Berechiah and grandson of Iddo. He was a member of a prominent priestly family who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel in about 538 B.C. (Nehemiah 12:4). Zechariah began his ministry in 520 B.C., shortly after Haggai had begun his prophetic work, and there are many points of contact between them. Both contain precise date formulas for their oracles and address the need to rebuild the temple, along with giving reassurance that God will bless his people for their faithfulness.
Chapters 1-8 were written about 520-518 B. C. Chapter 9-14 were written around 480 B. C.
To Whom Written:
The Jews in Jerusalem who had returned from their captivity in Babylon and to God’s people everywhere
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