Zechariah was a contemporary to Haggai, calling for repentance at the same time Haggai was calling for the temple to be rebuild. He begins with a call for repentance, then goes on to describe seven visions: A Man Among the Myrtle Trees, Four Horns and Four Craftsmen; A Man with a Measuring Line; Clean Garments for the High Priest; The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees; The Flying Scroll; The Women in a Basket; Four Chariots; A Crown for Joshua, none of which I know enough to pass on to you. 😀 Chapters 9 begins a section which predicts the first coming of Jesus. Chapters 14 relates to the millennium.
Okay, now I will make some points which have relevance to me, and with which my brain can relate.
Zech. 2-10-12 Messiah will come and dwell with man. Fulfilled
Zech. 13:1 Jesus is “fountain” to cleanse from sin. Fulfilled and continues
Zech. 9:9-10 He comes riding on a donkey.—Fulfilled. (Riding on a donkey to portray a man of peace. If he had been a warrior, he would have ridden a stallion.)
Zech. 11:12-13 sold for thirty pieces of silver which was thrown to the potter. Fulfilled
Zech. 12:10 They will look on the one they had pierced. Fulfilled
Zech. 14:4 His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. Unfulfilled
My Special Verses, duly marked as such in my Bibles.
2:8—”For whoever touches you, touches the apple of my eye.”
4:6—”Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit.”
6:15—”This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.”
7:9-10—”Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.”
7:13—”When I called, they did not listen so when they called I would not listen.”
8:16-17 “Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely I hate all this.”
8:19—”Therefore love truth and peace.”
13:9—”I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘they are my people’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God. ‘”
14:9 On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.”
14:20 “On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses….”
For many Christians, Zechariah is an underappreciated book, not given its rightful place in the joy of our hope for the future. He makes such specific predictions – the donkey, the piercing, the thirty pieces of silver. And they all came to pass. Beautiful stuff, which too many give up on because they don’t understand the visions.
NOTE; Hat, J, Linda, and others of you who have studied the minor prophets, I welcome your future comments or links that will open “our eyes of understanding.” Just don’t get too deep for me! Thanks in advance.
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I am looking forward to when His feet stand on the Mount of Olives. I especially liked verse 4:6 that you quoted “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit.”
Sad to place one’s hope in “horses and chariots.” Thanks, Frank.
Still sitting in the front soaking it all in— balms to a weary soul Oneta!!!!
It is always nice to know you are in class. There are really a lot of victorious promises in this Book. One more to go. Malachi. Then review and test. 😀
Ok–I’m not a great test taker but I will try my best
Test? Who said test? I was just testing you; I wanted to see if you were up to the challenge. I wasn’t serious but now I I’ve thought on it, maybe so? But tests are hard to make. So….?
Good-no tests- no more failure right now
Julie, if you have learned to appreciate how current these little books are, that was my goal. Test passed already. 😀
Try an excellent little book about Zechariah by Dr. Ron Gifford! “Zechariah, A Gift of Vision” is an excellent survey and exposition of the text. ❤️&🙏, c.a.
Thank you. I’m sure there are a lot of good commentaries available for those who want to go further and mine the gold in these books. I would be glad to take your recommendation for a deeper look.
Thank you. Refreshing reminder and great impetus to re-read and take notes.
In that case, I have met my goal. Thank you. I will likely never have another class to teach, so I am glad to have organized my “minor prophet” material so I can lay my hands on what I need as I read for my personal edification from this point forward.