Last week I spent time in the Book of Zechariah. It really had been some time since I had last read and it was a good refresher in the book. I wanted to look at a few things that I have learned in my short study of Zechariah.
Zechariah both priest and prophet. It is quite clear that Zechariah was a prophet. Statements like “the Word of the Lord came to Zechariah” gives us the assurance that he is a prophet. He has both revelations and words spoken by God to Zechariah for the nation of Israel. Priest is a little less apparent but helps with the whole of scripture like Nehemiah 12:1 that the Levites Iddo and verse 16 where Zechariah was a descendant of Iddo.
The Lord Remembers. This is what Bible scholars say theme of the book is about. It resonates from the start of the book as God calls back Israel to obedience in 1:3,4. In chapter 2 we get that God will come back and dwell in the midst of His people and nations will flock to be with Him. In chapter 3 that He will purge Joshua the priest of sin and nation of Israel from their iniquity. Even in the last of half of Zechariah that we find that God is reassuring that He will dwell in the midst of Israel. That He will defend and rebuke the nations that stood against Israel.
God’s promises yet to be fulfilled. Undoubtedly there are parts in this book that speak strongly about the Lord Jesus Christ. Parts like the BRANCH which we could reference John 15 and Jesus as the Vine. Or the 30 pieces of silver that betrayed Jesus. But when I read things like; “I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” I can’t help but think that the scriptures are yet to be fulfilled for Israel. Or that all nations will come to keep the feast of Tabernacles in chapter 14 and a curse will be on the nations that do not. God’s promises seem to yet be fulfilled.
I find that Zechariah was an encouraging read. A reminder that though some fall into sin that God yet gives second chances. That He remembers His promises to His people and that the Sovereign God will fulfill those promises. Israel will yet worship the Lord. How is relationship with God? If you find yourself wandering from the presence of the Lord then I implore you to return to the Lord and He will return to you.