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Today's Reading: Zechariah 1
Please read Zechariah 1 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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The book of Nehemiah states that Zechariah was the head of the priestly family of Iddo (Ne 12:16), indicating he was from the tribe of Levi and that he served in Jerusalem after the exile as both a priest and a prophet.
Zechariah was much younger than the prophet Haggai, who ministered during the same period and primarily to the same people. Ezra 5:1 indicates that both prophets stirred up the Jews throughout Judah and in Jerusalem to resume building the temple during the time when Zerubbabel was governor and Joshua was the high priest.
Chapters 1-8 (dated 520-518 B.C.) is identical to that of Haggai. As a result of Zechariah's and Haggai's ministries, the temple was completed and dedicated in 516/515 B.C. While Zechariah was a young man when he prophesied alongside Haggai, he apparently was an old man by the time he wrote chapters 9 - 14(480 - 470 B.C.).
The book of Haggai has two major parts:
1. Chapters 1-8: the visions were given to encourage the Jews who had returned to Judah to resume building the temple and to inspire them to stick with it until the task was completed.
2. Chapter 9-14: these chapters were to encourage the same people after the temple was finished because many of them became disheartened when the Messiah did not come as they expected once the temple was completed.
This whole book starts with a call to return to God, to give up their own rebellious ways, live by God's standards and follow his purposes. God reminds them of how he had given their ancestors the same call but they did not listen. As a result, they suffered the consequences of their sin.
In February of 519 B.C., God gave Zechariah a vision of a man on a red horse in a grove of myrtle trees, with various other horses behind him. Some believe this was an appearance of Christ as "the angel of the Lord". A different angel interpreted the vision by explaining that these horses had patrolled the whole world and found it at rest and in peace. This angel was interceding on behalf of Israel and Jerusalem to bring an end to the 70 years of God's judgment on Jerusalem and the temple, which were destroyed in 586 B.C., exactly 70 years later.
God used wicked nations to bring his judgment on Jerusalem. In their greed for wealth and power, these nations went too far and God would judge these evil nations for their selfish pride and disregard for God.
The four horns in verses 18-19 represent Assyria, Egypt, Babylon and Medo-Persia. The came the four craftsmen represent four empires that brought God's judgment on the four horns and overthrew each of them in succession as world powers. The last craftsman would represent Greece, which followed Persia as the predominant power. The prophesy shows that all enemies and oppressors of God's people eventually will be defeated and ultimately experience his judgment.
How are you going to respond to the same call as in Haggai to build God's temple and to restore the standard of God to his people? How are you going to start first?
My Spiritual Journal
What I got from Jesus today is: Return to God before building God's temple!
What I received from Jesus today is the call Zechariah had to the people - to return to God first before doing anything.
We like to do so many things for God but without returning to God first we are not able to do anything! Without returning to God, God's standard cannot be established in the nation and in people's life and there is no way to rebuild God's temple. (v.16)
Let's return to God, restore God's standard in our lives, a lifestyle of Chrislikeness and that we can build God's temple or other jobs the Lord commands us to do!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to return to you first before we do anything for you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
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