Zechariah 1:1-21, Rev 12:1-17, Psalms 140:1-13, Proverbs 30:17
Today is the 21st day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian…I was distracted…today would’ve been my parents wedding anniversary. I just would have to get out a calendar to even add up the years that it would’ve been, but of course we’ve lost both of them over…over the years, but it’s interesting the things that take you back, right? All of us have lost someone along the way and there’s just little things that come out of nowhere. So, it’s December 2st and boom…there were my parents and I think of them lovingly. Nevertheless, let's…let’s continue our journey. So, it is December 21st and we are ending another week together now and preparing to move into Christmas week. And we’ve been moving quickly through the minor prophets, practically reading a book a day and so were encountering another book in the minor prophets and this one is called Zechariah but we’re not going to finish Zechariah today. Actually, Zechariah is…like we finally reached a place where we’re gonna camp out for a minute. So, we’re in the book of Revelation in the New Testament, which will take us to the end of the year. Zechariah will take us to within two days of the end of the year. And we read the book of Haggai yesterday and we talked about that.
Introduction to the book of Zechariah:
Zechariah and Haggai were contemporaries with each other, even though Zechariah continued his ministry long after Haggai did. And Haggai and Zechariah were prophesying actually in the same place at the same time and for the same reason, which was the rebuilding of the Temple. So, Zechariah’s grandfather Edo was named among the of the first of the leaders of the priestly families who were able to come back, the first wave coming back from exile with Zerubbabel. So, this tells the Zechariah was…probably he was a priest or at least he was from a priestly family. The name Zechariah means God remembers. And remembering the covenant and the restoration that comes from the covenant is…is what this book is about. So, Zechariah’s longer obviously than Haggai if it’s going to take us all the wy through two days from the end of the year. So, it’s a lot longer, which means it’s a lot broader in its scope. Zechariah will tell us about eight, night visions that he experienced. And those have kind of an apocalyptic nature to them highly symbolic. Not unfamiliar with what we’re reading in the book of Revelation. And Zechariah also foretells a coming Messiah. And some of these verses, we can…we can recognize them right away like, “oh people of Zion, shout in triumph. People of Jerusalem your King is coming. He is righteous and victorious yet he’s humble, riding on a donkey, riding on a donkey’s colt.” So, because of these foretelling’s of a Messiah is coming, Zechariah is quoted in Matthew, Mark, John and Revelation in reference to Jesus. And ultimately, from Zechariah we are to be reminded that God is utterly powerful, absolutely sovereign in all things and at all times and in all places and we should find that very encouraging. And, so, we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week, which is today. And, so, we begin. Zechariah chapter 1.
Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for another week in Your word. And, wow! There’s not too many of these endings of weeks left in this year. And, so, we thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for all You’ve done in our lives and for all that You have yet to do this year in our lives. And we do acknowledge that we’re moving into Christmas week. And, so, it is a time of…of…of supreme rejoicing. And, so, we ask Holy Spirit that You would come to us with comfort and joy, with peace on earth and goodwill toward men. And may that be displayed on the earth through we, Your children, who are Your ambassadors upon this earth. So, may Your peace and comfort indwell us that we might share it with those who are all around us. And we pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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