Bible Reading: A prophet who sees eight visions

The Bible is God’s Book. Genesis tells us God began our history. Revelation tells us God wins. We also find ourselves becoming major characters in God’s development of this history book and His plan for lives on this earth. It is therefore important to read this Book and find out what God has planned for us.
THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH Author:  1:1 the Prophet Zechariah. Date of Writing: between 520 and 470 B.C.

Purpose of Writing: God has used His prophet to teach, warn and correct His people, also showing glimpses of God’s future glorious plan.
Key Problems: Refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit through the prophets; disobedience to God’s word resulted open doors to spiritual attacks- manifestations of  evil conducts and hardships: economic failure, physical enemies’ threats, moral breakdowns,breakdown of social-economic, political, legal and religious system.

Big Picture: The people of God did not know God or the word of God. They departed from the plumb line of God and tried to meet their needs by swinging to either sides of the plumb line: Rejection (due to unbelief) or Rebellion (due to pride), becoming victims or the criminals.

(1) Result of their Refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit
7:5-6 “Say to all your people and your priests, “During these seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and in early autumn, was it really for Me that you were fasting? And even now in your holy festivals, aren’t you eating and drinking just to please yourselves?” 12 “They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the messages the Lord sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets.” 7:13, “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.” 14 “They turned their land into a desert.”

SOLUTIONS OFFERED BY GOD for their immediate problems:
(1) A Call to Return to the Lord: establish right relationship with God (rebuild the Temple and right worship)

Zechariah 8:10 ” Before the work on the Temple began, there were no jobs and no money to hire people or animals. No traveler was safe from the enemy, for there were enemies on all sides. I had turned everyone against each other.” 11 “But now I will not treat the remnant of My people as I treated them before” 12 “For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you.”
Zechariah 1:3, “Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,‘ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.” 1:4 “Turn from your evil ways and stop all your evil practices.” 1:6, “But everything I said through My servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said.” 2:6 “The Lord says, Come away! Flee from Babylon…”

(2) A Call for Justice and Mercy: establish right relationship with each other

7:9-10 “Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. ”
9:16-17 “But this is what you must do: tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.”

(3) God promised them that this can be achieved by the Holy Spirit: they must be led by the Spirit, not by flesh
4:6 “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”4:10 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

8:6 “All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for Me? says the Lord God Almighty. “
10:12 “By My power I will make My people strong, and by My authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken.”