Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Zechariah 1

Overview

A call to return to the Lord.  

Prophet Zechariah, a post-exilic prophet, was contemporary with prophet Haggai, and his prophecy was dated from 520 to 518 BC. His message was focused on rebuilding temple, a purified community, and the coming of the messianic age.

His name, Zechariah, means “the Lord is renowned.”  A call came to him mid-October to mid- November 520 BC, calling for repentance.

The word of the Lord to Zechariah came in a series of eight visions (1:7- 6:15), and there is a standard pattern with vision, question, and answer. The first vision (v.8) is the divine horsemen patrolling the earth. The seventy years refers to the period from 587-519 BC, the period of exile at Babylonia.

The second vision is four horns and four smiths. The four horns symbolize the powerful nations of the world, and four craftsmen the Lord’s agents of destruction.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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