Zechariah was written as a call to return to God. We can rejoice for hope is our anchor during the storms of life. Our hope is in the righteous, gentle, and humble King that proclaims peace. Rejoice for our hopelessness has turned into an endless hopefulness.
The reward for God’s people is salvation. Over and over again, God fought battles for the Israelites in the Old Testament and delivered them. As a child of God, we can let Him fight our battles. The metaphor used to describe our purpose is to sparkle like jewels in a crown. We are exceptionally valuable and the inspiration God gives us as we share and write are the stepping stones along the path.
Israel was being led in the wrong direction as recorded in Zechariah 10. Instead of praying and getting answers from God on how to overcome the obstacles they faced, they were depending on idols. The people were spiritually blind and led in the wrong way. Like a farmer who needs rain for the crops to grow, we need spiritual nutrients from God’s Word. Also like insects or disease on a crop, we need protection from negatives that can infiltrate and poison the soul.
To produce more food for the soul, the questions below will be used to put special attention on each passage as I finish my study of Zechariah. Feel free to add to this harvest by responding with a short note or a comment about any of these questions. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a facebook page I have set up at this link: This Day With God.
What is the prophet told to do? How is his leadership received? What is the result of the shepherd’s rejection? Contrast the care, seeking, healing, and nourishing you have experienced from the Lord as your shepherd.
When are the events of this passage to take place? What is the relationship between mourning, repentance and forgiveness? What fears have kept me from fulfilling the mission God made me to accomplish? What keeps me from telling others the Good News?
Zechariah 13:7 – 14:21
What is the end result of Israel’s purging? Where is the climax in verses 1-8? What does “Thy kingdom come” mean to you?