Zechariah 14:16-21 – Everything is “Holy to the Lord”

May 18, 2012

This is the climax, as well as the conclusion, of message of Zechariah.It is the “mountain top” of Zechariah. The first half of Zechariah promised God’s return to Jerusalem through the rebuilding of the temple (Zechariah 1-8; cf. 2:5). The eight visions promised renewal and prosperity for Judah and Jerusalem. But it also envisioned a […]

Zechariah 11:1-17 – Tale of Two Shepherds

April 11, 2012

The idyllic description of a restored (enlarged borders) and united (Judah and Ephraim reunited) Israel in Zechariah 10:4-12 under a peacemaking king (9:9-10) is shattered by an opening lament in Zechariah 11:1-3. The shepherds of Israel lament the destruction of the land of Lebanon and Bashan (or Gilead). While some think the lament envisions the […]

Reading Zechariah

January 5, 2012

Zechariah is the longest and, many think, the most difficult of the “minor” (smaller) prophets. It is also one of the most significant. Zechariah is important for understanding the good news of Jesus the Messiah. Zechariah 9-14 is the dominant prophetic resource for the authors of the Gospels for narrating the meaning of Jesus’ passion. […]