Adult / Kids Sunday
11, 2008, 2008
all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
In the Old Testament "FOR" Us?
they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
More Rebuilding of the Temple
Visions of the Coming Messiah and His Universal Kingdom
We could do a deep study that would last for weeks; however, we will
just touch on things "FOR" us that we find in Zechariah.
Does this sound familiar about us today?
And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah,
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying,
Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and
compassions every man to his brother:
And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless,
the stranger, nor the poor;
and let none of you imagine evil against
his brother in your heart.
But they refused to hearken, and pulled
away the shoulder,
and stopped their ears, that they should
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant
stone, lest they should hear the law,
and the words which the LORD of hosts hath
sent in his spirit by the former prophets
therefore came a great wrath from the LORD
Therefore it is come to pass, that as he
cried, and they would not hear;
so they cried, and I would not hear, saith
the LORD of hosts:
And we surely are glad that verse
14 is not TO us today!
But I scattered them with a whirlwind among
all the nations whom they knew not.
Thus the land was desolate after them,
that no man passed through nor returned:
for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai.
Zechariah 1:1–6. The Captivity Due to Disobedience
Both ministered during the time immediately after the first return from
the Babylonian exile, when the temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt.
While Haggai seems to have been an old man, it seems that Zechariah was
a young man, for he was a grandson of Iddo, who had returned to Jerusalem
16 years before (Nehemiah 12:4,16).
Haggai had been preaching for two months, and the work on the temple had
already started, when Zechariah began his ministry.
Haggai's total recorded ministry lasted a little less than four months,
Zechariah's about two years.
But they were no doubt on hand during the entire four-year period during
which the temple was rebuilt, exhorting and helping.
The book of Zechariah is considerably larger than that of Haggai, and Zechariah
mentions many details of the life and work of Christ.
Zechariah 1:7–17. The Vision of the Horses
This opening message of Zechariah came between Haggai's second and third
messages (between vv. 9 and 10
of Haggai 2:9–10), when work
on the temple was a little over a month along and its unimposing appearance
and lack of splendor were disheartening to the people.
Some people were old enough to remember Solomon's temple, which had been
destroyed more than 50 years earlier.
Those who were born in Babylonia had heard their parents tell about the
temple and its beauty, and they may well have formed a mental image of
the old temple that was even grander than the temple had been.
Zechariah warns against their evident rising tendency to return to the
ways of their disobedient fathers, which had brought them to their present
pitiful condition in the first place.
He then proceeds to encourage them with visions God had given him of the
Zechariah 1:18–21. The Vision of Four Horns
and Four Carpenters
This vision of the horses means that the whole world was at rest under
the iron hand of the Persian Empire, whose king, Darius, was favorably
disposed toward the Jews and had decreed that the temple should be built.
This vision concludes with the proclamation that Jerusalem shall once again
be a great and prosperous city.
Zechariah 2. The Vision of the Measuring
The four horns represent the nations that had destroyed Judah and Israel.
The four carpenters represent God's destroyers of those nations.
It appears to be a figurative way of saying that the prevailing world powers
would be broken and that Judah would again be exalted.
God is on the throne, even when His people are temporarily vanquished.
Zechariah 3. The Vision of Joshua the High
This grand chapter is a forecast of a Jerusalem so populous and prosperous
and secure that it will overflow its walls, since God Himself is its protection.
Work on the temple, five months along, progressed nicely, and the people
no doubt were making plans to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, which, as
it turned out, was not built until 75 years later.
But their plans to rebuild are the setting for this vision of the day when
“many nations” shall come to the God of the Jews and will be His people.
Zechariah 4. The Lampstand and Two Olive
A pre-vision of the atonement of Christ. Joshua the high priest is clothed
in filthy garments, symbolizing the sinfulness of the people.
Joshua's filthy garments are removed, meaning that the people's sins are
forgiven and they are accepted by God.
It is a picture of the time when the sins of humanity will be removed “in
one day” ( v. 9 ), as
the coming “Branch” in David's house (the Messiah; v.
8 and 6:12) is (12:10)“pierced”
, and (13:1)
- “a fountain will be opened... for
sin and for uncleanness. ; (12:10)
only son; first born ;
great mourning (12:11-12).
Zechariah 5:1–4. The Flying Scroll
What is said here is meant directly for Zerubbabel and the temple he was
But there is an unmistakable reference to a later, more glorious house,
to be built by a descendant of Zerubbabel, called the Branch.
In Zechariah 3 the vision
was specially for Joshua; here it is specially for Zerubbabel.
The imagery here is carried over into the vision of the “two witnesses”
in Revelation 11, which will
be Moses and Elijah.
A sheet, like an unrolled wall map, 30 feet long and 15 feet wide, inscribed
with curses against stealing and swearing, soars over the land; it removes
sin by destroying the sinners.
More coming in part II - next Sunday - #72