Around 520 B.C.
We were introduced to Zechariah in the book of Ezra, as he and Haggai had encouraged Zerubbabel and the rebuilders of the temple in Jerusalem. But whereas Haggai’s pronouncements were practical and direct, Zechariah’s are anything but.
This book resembles much of Ezekiel and Daniel, full of visions that serve as symbols and metaphors and lenses through which to view the past and future. But it begins with the LORD’s charge for Israel to act differently than their fathers had. He reminds them of the power of His words and His statutes, which overtook – outlived – their fathers. Only after being overcome did they acknowledge “As the LORD of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.”
Keep this history in mind as Zechariah encounters an angel, myrtle trees, and a man riding a red horse… four horns, four craftsmen, and a man with a measuring line in his hand… and a new Jerusalem, filled with people from the nations, with a wall of fire around her. He witnesses the battle being fought over Joshua the High Priest, and receives a word for Zerubbabel, before whom a great mountain shall become a plain. This is the LORD’s promise: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.”
Our verse for this week is Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Zechariah 1 through 4. Now let’s read it!