The Coming Messiah: A Study in Zechariah
DAY 1 OF 14
What does it say?
The Lord Almighty said, “Return to me and I will return to you.” Their forefathers did not listen to the prophets, so the Lord did to them just as their actions deserved.
What does it mean?
Like his older counterpart Haggai, Zechariah was among those whom Cyrus the Great allowed to return from captivity to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The foundation was laid, but the rebuilding had stalled for about 16 years. Although they had physically returned to Jerusalem, their hearts had not ultimately returned to God. As young Zechariah began his prophetic ministry, the Lord pointed out the consequences of their parents’ stubborn disobedience. As a result of the captivity, many of those listening had been born in Babylon. Now they had to choose whether they would follow their parents’ rebellious example or heed Haggai and Zechariah’s words. If this generation returned to the Lord, they would experience the blessings of their spiritual heritage.
How should I respond?
You’ve likely experienced the ripple effects of your parents’ choice to follow or reject Jesus as Savior and Lord. What kind of spiritual heritage do you have? Has your family encouraged your faith, discouraged your walk with the Lord, or been indifferent? Like each generation of Israelites, you have to decide whether you’ll follow Jesus and pay attention to what God says in His Word. How might you be rebelling against something God says is wrong? Will you “return to the Lord” by submitting that part of your heart and mind to Christ right now? That kind of daily submission will help you pass down a heritage of blessings instead of the consequences of disobedience.
About this Plan
Like Haggai, Zechariah prophesies during the post-exilic period as Israel began resettling in the Promised Land. Zechariah encourages Israel to remain faithful and prophesies of a coming righteous King who will bring sal...
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