- Are You Washed In The Blood
- Way Maker
- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
- A Plea to Return to the Lord
1 In the eighth month of the second year in the reign of Darius, GOD’s Message came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah, son of Iddo: “GOD was very angry with your ancestors. So give to the people this Message from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: ‘Come back to me and I’ll come back to you. Don’t be like your parents. The old-time prophets called out to them, “A Message from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: Leave your evil life. Quit your evil practices.” But they ignored everything I said to them, stubbornly refused to listen.’
5–6 “And where are your ancestors now? Dead and buried. And the prophets who preached to them? Also dead and buried. But the Message that my servants the prophets spoke, that isn’t dead and buried. That Message did its work on your ancestors, did it not? It woke them up and they came back, saying, ‘He did what he said he would do, sure enough. We didn’t get by with a thing.’ ”
11 All these things happened to them as examples for others, and they were written down as a warning for us. For we live at a time when the end is about to come.Zechariah begins his ministry two months after the start of Haggai’s ministry and the resumption of the building of the temple. Most OT prophets who dated their prophesies did so according to the reign of a Jewish king. Haggai and Zechariah date their prophecies according to the reign of a Gentile king, indicating that the times of the Gentiles have begun.Like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Zechariah was also a priest (Ne 12:12–16). He was born in Babylon and joined his grandfather, Iddo, in the group of exiles who first returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua the High-Priest (cf. Ne 12:4)The historical background and setting of Zechariah are the same as that of his contemporary, Haggai. In 538 b.c., Cyrus the Persian freed the captives from Israel to resettle their homeland (cf. Ezr 1:1–4) and about 50,000 returned from Babylon. They immediately began to rebuild the temple (cf. Ezr 3:1–4:5), but opposition from neighbors, followed by indifference from within, caused the work to be abandoned (cf. Ezr 4:24). Sixteen years later (cf. Ezr 5:1, 2), Zechariah and Haggai were commissioned by the Lord to stir up the people to rebuild the temple. As a result, the temple was completed 4 years later in 516 b.c. (Ezr 6:15).
1 Corinthians 10:11NLT
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