Zechariah 13 [Read]
Zechariah 14 [Read]
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Zechariah means “the LORD remembers”. From this particular perspective, we may summarize the messages of this book which has great influence on NT writers.
The LORD always remembered his people. After 70 years of exile (Zec 1:12), God spoke kind and comfort words to the remnant (1:13): “I will return Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem” (1:16). At the time when the people was about to restart building the temple around 520 BC, such words of the LORD once again invigorated them to move forward. “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit” says the LORD Almighty (4:6). Although sometimes the situation may seem like God has forgotten his people, although sometimes the people of God forget their God in complacency, God always remembers his people. This is the most comforting thought one can have.
The LORD remembered his commandments given to his people. “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” (7:9-10). God did punish the remnant’s fathers when they angered him (8:14), and now they must remember the right things to do (8:16-17). God hated all evil deeds (8:17), so the people of God should love truth and peace (8:19). Even though God loves his people by always remembering them, this by no means gives them the permission to sin against him. God remembers his commandments, and he will discipline his people by his own means.
The LORD remembered his promises to his people. The prophecy of Zechariah extends beyond the remnant from Babylonian exile into the first and second coming of Messiah. “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (9:9), and “strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered” (13:7). Such prophecies have been fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ upon his triumphant entry to Jerusalem (Mt 21:5, 26:31). A fountain has indeed been opened to cleanse sin and impurity of God’s people (13:1), and the LORD will be king over the whole earth (14:9). This is the most precious promise God’s people can hold on to as we move through our earthly lives.
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