Insights on Today's Reading
Zechariah 1 - Zechariah was a priest who was concerned primarily with the city of Jerusalem. He speaks about the previous generations living in that city how they were so evil and he encourages the present generation to "return to the Lord" verse 3. The people of Judah recognized that what God said He would do, He did, verse 6. God gave Zechariah a vision of riders on horses, verse 8. The riders appear to be angels who have come to examine conditions in Jerusalem. God speaks of His "zealous" desire for Jerusalem, verse 14, and His anger against the nations that have treated that city with contempt.
Zechariah 2 - Zechariah receives a vision of a man who was sent "to measure Jerusalem" verse 2. This speaks of God's ownership of the city and His plans for it. God speaks of His love for His people and how they are "the apple of His eye" verse 8. He gives them the wonderful promise that one day He would "dwell in your midst" verse 10. Verse 12 is the only verse in the Bible where the term, "Holy Land" is used. Note verse 13 and how it relates to Psalm 46:10.
Zechariah 3 - God uses the high priest, Joshua, as an example of a sinner, accused by Satan, verse 1, yet restored by God and has a new set of clothes to wear, verses 3-5! Just like Jesus took our sins and gave us His righteousness! Wiersbe suggests that when we come to God for forgiveness He "rebukes the enemy" verses 1,2. He "removes the iniquity" verses 3-5. He restores the ministry, verses 6-10.
Zechariah 4 - God speaks of the importance of "small things," verse 7, and He wants Zerubbabel, the governor, to know God pays attention to that which others ignore. God wants the governor to know that God works through the awesome power of His Spirit, verse 6, to accomplish His will. Some believe the "two olive trees" are the priest, Joshua, and the governor, Zerubbabel, who God will use to stand with Him, verse 14. This is a similar vision to the "two witnesses" of Revelation 11.
Zechariah 5 - The large scroll Zechariah saw spoke of God's "curse" verse 4, against wickedness. In verse 8 God shows that He will confine wickedness and He will deal with it in the end times.
Zechariah 6 - God has sent out His angels to patrol the earth. They will concentrate on Israel's enemies to the north and south and maintain control over them. God's "Branch" verse 8, who is the Messiah, would come and sit and rule in the Temple one day!
Zechariah 7 - The people of Jerusalem began once again to fast, verses 1-3. God warned them that fasting was not just to be a religious experience, but real fasting involved "executing justice," showing mercy and compassion, verse 8-10. God warned the people that if they didn't obey, He would not listen, verse 13, to all their prayers which meant nothing to Him.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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