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“May you and I succeed because God is with us.” <>< Dona (12/29/20)

Please read Zechariah 4 through 8.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Zechariah 4

Lampstand and two olive trees.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, only by Your Spirit can anything of worth be accomplished (v. 6).

Something to think about

Per my Bible notes: the lampstand with a bowl and seven lights on it represented a steady supply of oil, signifying that God’s power would be reflected in the light (v. 1-3).  Zechariah didn’t understand what He saw (v. 4-5).  He was told that success wasn’t through might, or power, but by God’s Spirit (v. 6). 

Something to experience

We shouldn’t trust our own strength or abilities. Instead we should trust in the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us.  We shouldn’t be discouraged by what we are assigned to do for the Lord.  For God rejoices in what is right (v. 10).  We should be faithful in serving God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zechariah 4:1-3 1 The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. He said to me, “What do you see?”  I said, “I have seen, and behold, a lamp stand all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are on the top of it; and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it.”

Zechariah 4:4-5 I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”  Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?”  I said, “No, my lord.”

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, “This is the Lord’s word to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” 

Zechariah 4:10 “Indeed, who despises the day of small things? For these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the Lord’s eyes, which run back and forth through the whole earth.”

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Theme Zechariah 5

Punished and banished.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Zechariah was shown a flying scroll (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Zechariah was told the scroll said every thief and every liar would be banished (v. 3-4).  Then Zechariah was shone a basket with a woman inside (v. 5-7).  He was told this was wickedness (v. 8) and it was being taken away to Babylonia (v. 9-11).

Something to experience

When Christ returns, He will remove all sin (wickedness) from the earth.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zechariah 5:1 1 Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a flying scroll. He said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.”

Zechariah 5:3-4 Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the surface of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off according to it on the one side; and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off according to it on the other side. I will cause it to go out,” says the Lord, “and it will enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by my name; and it will remain in the middle of his house, and will destroy it with its timber and its stones.”

Zechariah 5:5-7 Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and said to me, “Lift up now your eyes, and see what this is that is appearing.”  I said, “What is it?”  He said, “This is the ephah (measuring) basket that is appearing.” He said moreover, “This is their appearance in all the land (and behold, a talent of lead was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting in the middle of the ephah (measuring) basket.” 

Zechariah 5:8 He said, “This is Wickedness;” and he threw her down into the middle of the ephah (measuring) basket; and he threw the weight of lead on its mouth.

Zechariah 5:9-11 Then I lifted up my eyes and saw, and behold, there were two women, and the wind was in their wings. Now they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah basket between earth and the sky. 10 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are these carrying the ephah basket?”  11 He said to me, “To build her a house in the land of Shinar. When it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.”

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Theme Zechariah 6

Four chariots (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Zechariah saw four chariots (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

Zechariah was told these four chariots were the four spirits of heaven who had been standing in the presence of the Lord (v. 4-5). They were sent throughout the earth – one to the north, one to the west and one to the south (v. 6-7).  My Bible notes say these chariots represented the four angels of God’s judgment on the earth. Zechariah was told there would be someone worthy to be both the ruler and the priest (v. 11-13). Zechariah needed to diligently obey the Lord (v. 15).

Something to experience

If we have unconfessed or habitual sin in our life, we need to confess it and turn away from it.  We need God’s mercy.  Refusing to repent opens us up to God’s judgment. Today we have a ruler and a priest, His name is Christ Jesus. And we too need to diligently obey Him.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zechariah 6:1 Again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze. 

Zechariah 6:2-3 In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses; in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot dappled horses, all of them powerful. 

Zechariah 6:4-5 Then I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”  The angel answered me, “These are the four winds of the sky, which go out from standing before the Lord of all the earth.” 

Zechariah 6:6-7 6 “The one with the black horses goes out toward the north country; and the white went out after them (west); and the dappled went out toward the south country.” The strong went out, and sought to go that they might walk back and forth through the earth: and he said, “Go around and through the earth!” So they walked back and forth through the earth.

Zechariah 6:11-13 11 “Yes, take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest; 12 and speak to him, saying, ‘the Lord Almighty says, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: and He shall grow up out of His place; and He shall build the Lord’s temple; 13 even He shall build the Lord’s temple; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; and He shall be a priest on His throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” 

Zechariah 6:15 “Those who are far off shall come and build in the Lord’s temple; and you shall know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen, if you will diligently obey the Lord your God’s voice.”

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Theme Zechariah 7

Judgment, kindness, compassion but not fasting.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told the Israelites their acts of justice and mercy were more important than fasting (v. 4-6).

Something to think about

The Israelites wanted to know if they should continue to fast in remembrance of the Jerusalem’s destruction even though the city was now being rebuilt (v. 2-3).

The Lord’s word came to Zechariah concerning the Israelites’ behavior (v. 8-10). But the Israelites refused to obey and the Lord was very angry (v. 11-12). The Lord responded to them (v. 13-14).

Something to experience

Unlike the Israelites, we should have a sincere desire to know and love God. We can by reading and applying God’s Word to our life daily. We should allow God’s Word to soften our heart so we can live as we should.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zechariah 7:2-3 The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech, and their men, to entreat the Lord’s favor, and to speak to the priests of the house of the Lord Almighty, and to the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?”

Zechariah 7:4-6 Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me, saying, “Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh month for these seventy years, did you at all fast to Me, really to Me? When you eat, and when you drink, don’t you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 

Zechariah 7:8-10 The Lord’s word came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus has the Lord Almighty spoken, saying, ‘Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. 10 Don’t oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the foreigner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.’” 

Zechariah 7:11-12 11 “But they refused to listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 12 Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which the Lord Almighty had sent by His Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore, great wrath came from the Lord Almighty.”

Zechariah 7:13-14 13 “It has come to pass that, as He called, and they refused to listen, so they will call, and I will not listen,” said the Lord Almighty; 14 “but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus, the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they made the pleasant land desolate.”

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Theme Zechariah 8

God’s promise to bless.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem (v. 3).

Something to think about

The Lord will dwell among His people.  The old men and old women will sit outside and the children will play there (v. 4-5).  The Lord will save His people from the countries of the east and the west.  He will bring them back to Jerusalem to live (v. 7-8).  The Lord promised to take care of the Israelites (v. 11-13). The Lord said He was determining to do good to Jerusalem and Judah (v. 14-15). But He also had things the Israelites were to do (v. 16-17). The Lord said many people and nations will come to Jerusalem to seek Him (v. 20-23).

Something to experience

The first ones to suffer and die in troubled times are the old and the very young.  But both these groups are safely residing in this vision. And this is what God is promising us too.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zechariah 8:3 The Lord says: “I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth;’ and the mountain of the Lord Almighty, ‘The Holy Mountain.’”

Zechariah 8:4-5 The Lord Almighty says: “Old men and old women will again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age. The streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.”

Zechariah 8:7-8 The Lord Almighty says: “Behold, I will save My people from the east country, and from the west country; and I will bring them, and they will dwell within Jerusalem; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.”

Zechariah 8:11-13 11 “But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “For the seed of peace and the vine will yield its fruit, and the ground will give its increase, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. 13 It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Don’t be afraid. Let your hands be strong.”

Zechariah 8:14-15 14 For the Lord Almighty says: “As I thought to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I didn’t repent; 15 so again I have thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Don’t be afraid.” 

Zechariah 8:16-17 16 “These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates, 17 and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate,” says the Lord.

Zechariah 8:20-23 20 The Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come; 21 and the inhabitants of one shall go to another, saying, ‘Let’s go speedily to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord Almighty. I will go also.’ 22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord Almighty in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of the Lord.” 23 The Lord Almighty says: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will put our trust in You.  I pray the Holy Spirit will work in and through us.  I pray we will not be discouraged by whatever You assign us to do. For all Your plans are for good.  I pray we will faithfully serve You (Zechariah 4). Lord, I pray we will look forward to Your Son, Christ Jesus’ return (Zechariah 5). Lord, I pray we will confess and turn from any and all sin in our life.  I pray we will seek Your mercy.  I pray we will diligently obey You (Zechariah 6).  Lord, I pray we will sincerely desire to know and love You.  I pray we will regularly read and apply Your Word to our daily life.  I pray Your Word will soften our heart so we will live as we should (Zechariah 7).  Lord right now America’s elderly and the very young are both suffering.  I pray for deliverance for both groups (Zechariah 8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I daily read and apply God’s Word to our life.” <>< Dona