August 3rd

Zechariah 1-4

  • 1:1-6 – Zechariah’s prophecy immediately follows Haggai’s and is addressed to post-exilic Israelites. He begins with a call to return to the Lord.
  • 1:7-17 – This begins a vision of an angel who seems to offer God’s grace and restoration to Israel.
  • 2:6-12 – God declares to those who were taken into exile and have been in Babylon, that he will restore Jerusalem and that even others will turn to God because of God’s restoration of Israel.
  • 3:1-10 – Part of restoring Jerusalem and the temple was restoring the priests. Joshua’s clean garments are symbolic of his return to God.
  • 4:1-7 – Clearly it was not going to be through merely physical effort that God’s purposes would be accomplished. It was by God’s spirit working through Zerubbabel’s words that ultimately did so.
  • 4:8-10 – Zerubbabel was charged with rebuilding the temple. God blessed its completion.

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