- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 7
Just and Mercy, not fasting.
Chapter 7 is the beginning of the second section the book of Zechariah until 8:23. The main theme of the second section is the essence of prophetic moral teaching.
An inquiry from the delegate from Bethel to Jerusalem about fasting by the people was taken in mid- November to mid- December 518 BC (v.1). Zechariah’s response redirected their question, calling upon the delegation to reflect on what fasting and feasting have meant there past 70 years. People observed religious fasting while neglecting the law of God.
Prophet reminded them of the failure of the past generation in hope that the new generation will learn a lesson and live differently. The instruction demanded justice and care for all of these people.
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?