A. An introduction to Zechariah – 6 questions…
Q #1: Who is the author?
A: Zechariah, the young grandson of priest Iddo, making him a prophet/priest (1:1). Zechariah is only the agent – not the source of these prophecies (1:3; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Q #2: How did the Jews get to Babylon and back?
A: Judah was defeated by the Babylonians and taken into exile in 586 BC. A relatively small group of about 50,000, under the leadership of Zerubbabel the governor, and Joshua the high priest, were sent back to rebuild the Temple by decree Cyrus in 538 BC (Ezra 1:1-4).
Q#3: What was Zechariah’s contemporary (immediate) message?
A: After being back in Judah for eighteen years (520 BC), little progress had been made on the Temple. God raised up two prophets (Haggai and Zechariah) to encourage the people to get the job done. It was completed five years later in 515 BC.
Q #4: How did Zechariah encourage them?
A: Through eight visions given by God on one night (February 15, 519 BC), followed by four messages from God given on December 7, 518 BC. Chapters 9-14 (two oracles) go undated, but are probably much later in his life, before Ezra (458 BC) and Nehemiah (444 BC) arrived to revitalize the Jewish people, again.
Q #5: Why is Zechariah so important?
A: This book has more prophecies about Christ (the Messiah) than any other Minor Prophet, and it tells us much about the apocalypse, and the Second Coming of Christ. Zechariah is either quoted or alluded to 41 times in the New Testament.
Q #6: What is the main point (the big idea) of Zechariah?
A: Zechariah means “Yahweh Remembers.” Zechariah tells the Jewish people that God has not forgotten His promises made to them. Knowing that God will not forget His promises spurs His people on in faithful service.
A. Learn the lesson from past generations which experienced the Lord’s displeasure and discipline – and heed God’s warnings (1:2-3; James 4:8; Mark 7:6-7)!
1. The warning against disobedience (1:4)
* Prophets engage in forth-telling (Jeremiah 3:11-14), and foretelling (Jeremiah 25:11-12) at the inspiration of the Spirit of God.
2. The warning against delay(1:5)
* Life is very short; don’t waste it (Isaiah 40:6-8; Psalm 1:6)!
3. The warning against doubt(1:6; 2 Peter 3:3-4)
* OVERTAKE = a hunting term implying that God will pursue and catch
the disobedient (Deuteronomy 28:1-2 and v. 45)
B. The sure promise of God is to do exactly as He has determined – so be part of it (v. 6; Galatians 6:7)!
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