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The Book Of Zechariah

WELCOME TO THE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH

When we open up the pages of the Book of Zechariah, we find a book full of visions, some of which can be seen in the Book of Daniel. The remnant of God’s people have returned from Babylonian exile but because of political problems and local unrest, the building of the temple under the leadership of Zerubbabel had stopped.

Zechariah and Haggai worked around the same time period, and were prophets called by God to preach to the people to restart the building of the temple.

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FULL STUDY

When Zechariah arrived in the land with his family, he was a young man, but God used him only when he was old enough and ready to take on the role of a prophet.

The message he delivered to God’s people was a message of hope. Complete Study Of The Book Of Zechariah


CHAPTER BY CHAPTER

Zechariah begins by informing us about a series of visions he had in one night. These visions happened during the time when God’s people were wondering if Jerusalem would ever be glorified again. God tells him that He still loved His people and will deal with all those nations who harmed His people. Zechariah 1

This chapter begins with Zechariah’s third vision, in which he sees a man with a measuring line. This vision like the last one, is shown in order to show God’s people that He will comfort His people. We’re also told of a time when God will establish His spiritual kingdom through the Christ. Zechariah 2

This chapter begins by Zechariah receiving a fourth vision, which comes directly from God Himself. For all the pervious visions to be fulfilled, that is God dwelling among His people again, His people needed to be cleansed. We also read about the coming of ‘The Branch’, that is, the Messiah. Zechariah 3

Zechariah was awoken by the angel of the Lord, and it appears that all the visions he up to this point had exhausted him. He was probably mentally exhausted in trying to work out what they all actually meant. In this vision Zechariah is shown the significance of Zerubbabel as the civil leader of the people. Zechariah 4

In this chapter Zechariah receives two more visions, which relate to God removing sin from His people. First, he sees a flying scroll, which pictures God judging those who steal and swears falsely. Secondly, he sees a woman in a basket, which pictures God judging the culture of wickedness which is in God’s people. Zechariah 5

Zechariah has now received seven visions up to this point and in this chapter he receives the last of them. This vision is about God’s judgement being poured out against Babylon. In the second part of the chapter there are clear references to the Messiah, that is Jesus, who will be both priest and King. Zechariah 6

Around two years after Zechariah received the last of his visions, the word of the Lord came to him. A group of Jews who represented the exiles came asking whether they should fast in the fifth month. Zechariah quickly rebukes them because they were fasting for all the wrong reasons. Zechariah 7

This chapter is a continuation of the previous in relation to the question those Jews who were still living in Babylon had concerning fasting. There were many Jews now living in Palestine and when they recognised that many other Jews were still living in Babylon, those living in Palestine were becoming discouraged. Zechariah 8

As we enter these final chapters, we find words of encouragement for those who have returned from Babylon. God had declared that great trouble would come upon all those nations who had hurt His people in the past. Later in this chapter we see the coming of the glorious King and how He will bless His people. Zechariah 9

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7

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