Today is Day 71 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
Zechariah is the 2nd of the 3 “post-exilic/restoration prophets.” God used Zechariah to speak to His people after He had restored them from exile.
If you’re familiar at all with the New Testament and/or the coming of Christ, you probably recognized a lot of what Zechariah had to say. There are more prophecies about Christ in Zechariah than any other prophetic book except Isaiah. His book is also the longest of the minor prophets and there are many greats truths and prophecies through this book’s 14 chapters.
The main theme is that God is King. He proves that in many different ways, but one of the main ways is the simple fact that this is 1 of many books of prophecy. Only God can foretell events in such vivid detail.
Like Haggai, Zechariah addresses Israel in a time of misaligned priorities and national complacency (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). He begins His message of calling them back from the start of the book…
Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. – Zechariah 1:3
Also like Haggai, one of Zechariah’s main objectives was to remind the people to continue the work of rebuilding the Temple. God used their words powerfully and according to the book of Ezra, the people got to work!
“So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.” – Ezra 6:14-15
Whenever I have the privilege/opportunity to pray with someone, counsel them through a hard situation, or lead them to Christ, I’m always so humbled that God could use my simple words to have a lasting impact on a person’s life. It’s amazing how God uses us when we simply obey by faith and speak up! Zechariah is a tangible reminder of that.
According to Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament, here are some of the prophecies of Christ found in Zechariah along with a partial list of their fulfillments…
Servant: 3:8 | fulfilled: Mark 10:45
Branch: 3:8, 6:12 | fulfilled: Luke 1:78
King-Priest: 6:13 | fulfilled: Hebrews 6:20-7:1
Lowly King: 9:9-10 | fulfilled: Matthew 21:4-5, John 12:14-16
Betrayed: 11:12-13 | fulfilled: Matthew 27:9
Hands pierced: 12:10 | fulfilled: John 19:37
Cleansing fountain: 13:1 | fulfilled: Revelation 1:5
Humanity and Deity: 13:7, 6:12 | fulfilled: John 8:40, 1:1
Smitten Shepherd: 13:7-9 | fulfilled: Matthew 26:31, Mark 14:27
Second Coming and Coronation: 14:5, 9 | fulfilled: John 10:16, Revelation 11:15, 21:27
There’s no better way to display Who is in charge than to tell events that will take place in detail hundreds and thousands of years before they actually happen! God is obviously in control of the future. The question is, are you allowing Him to be in control of the present as well?