“Zechariah stressed the presence of the Lord with His people and also the necessity to obey the Lord, especially in matters of justice, mercy, compassion, and truthfulness. He was concerned that the returned exiles not repeat the mistakes of their forefathers whose disobedience had brought upon them the Lord’s judgment. The Lord abides among His people and desires to bless them, but they continue to disobey Him and go their own way. That is the tension that Zechariah (in common with many of the other prophets) raised. And that is a tension that is still with us in the church. Zechariah’s book is needed to direct our thoughts to the Lord’s plan for blessing and also for cleansing. It is also an encouragement for the believer, as well as a sign to the unbeliever, to realize how much about the ministry and life of Jesus Christ was seen ahead of time in the Old Testament prophets. In this regard Zechariah stands alongside Isaiah and the Psalms as books with a wealth of messianic teaching.” (HCSB)

1:3, “So tell the people: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: Return to Me—this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts—and I will return to you, says the LORD of Hosts.” 8:16-17, “These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; render honest and peaceful judgments in your gates. Do not plot evil in your hearts against your neighbor, and do not love perjury, for I hate all this”—the LORD’s declaration.” 13:9, “I will put this third through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, and they will say: The LORD is our God.”

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