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Faith: The prophet Zechariah's message for today

Local faith columnist John Eggers presents his views on the Bible prophet Zechariah's message for today's culture.

There is a section in the Bible called the Minor Prophets, 12 prophetic books written around the time Israel was taken into captivity for 70 years.

These 12 books, starting with Hosea and ending with Malachi, are generally shorter than other Old Testament books, which is why they are referred to as “minor.”

The reason for Israel being taken into captivity was its citizens’ unwillingness to put away the idols of the nations around them.

The living God of the Bible was going to deal with his earthly people, Israel, regarding their sin.

Zechariah was written about 550 years before the Lord Jesus came to be the Saviour by dying on the cross for our sins.

Another verse from Zechariah regarding the future 1,000-year reign of Jesus is verse 10, where we read, “He shall speak peace unto the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.”

These two verses take in the first coming of Jesus as Saviour and the second coming as the king to reign. Third, there are four verses linked together in that they are occupied with the work of Jesus on the cross:

1. 11:12-13: The 30 pieces of silver the Jewish religious leaders gave to Judas Iscariot for arranging a time and place where they could apprehend Jesus and take him away.

These two verses also mention that Judas brought the 30 pieces of silver back to the leaders. He threw the silver pieces down before the leaders and went out into the night.

2. 12:9-10: These verses speak of the nation of Israel that shall acknowledge their Messiah in a future day. They will look upon their messiah and feel great sorrow for the nails that were driven into Jesus’ hands and feet.  Verse 10 says, “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced.”

3. 13:1: Here we read of a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. The basis for this cleansing fountain is the work of Jesus on the cross.

God cannot just overlook our sin; it needs to be righteously dealt with. God has dealt with sin on the cross where his only son died for our sins.

4. 13:7: This verse speaks of a sword of judgment coming on the shepherd who gave his life for the life of the sheep.

The verse also tells us of the scattering of the sheep when the shepherd is smitten.

The fulfilment of this is found in Matthew 26:31, where we read of this verse being quoted by Matthew.

Fourth and last is from the final chapter of Zechariah, 14:4, where we read of the future scene of when Jesus comes back to reign from Jerusalem.

Verse 4 says “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east.”

There are details given of great things happening at that time.

Geographic changes to the area of Jerusalem will mark the return of Jesus Christ to reign. It will be a wonderful time in the experience of this old world.

Receiving Jesus as your Saviour and Lord is the only hope that we have. “The Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20

John Eggers is an elder in the assembly that meets in Westsyde Gospel Hall in Kamloops. KTW welcomes submissions to its Faith page. Columns should be between 600 and 800 words in length and include a headshot of the author, along with a short bio. Send it via email to  editor kamloopsthisweek.com.