I am taking the youth through the night visions of Zechariah 1-6 on Sunday mornings these days. Its a lot of fun! I’m reminded of God’s wisdom in communicating to us in such rich and diverse genres as we find in the Bible. The pictorial nature of Zechariah, though at times bizarre and difficult to […]Read more "Don’t Despise the Day of Small Beginnings"
1) Zechariah is a really difficult book, and most of the time I feel like I am just stumbling along, even when using a commentary. (When I don’t use a commentary, I usually feel totally lost.) Reading this book in the way I have done it (English Bible only, one commentary help, 5-10 verses at […]Read more "Reflections on Zechariah (5): concluding thoughts"
The book of Zechariah divides into two large sections, chapters 1-6 and chapters 7-12 (although I don’t agree that these two sections represent different authors and different historical settings). As I just finished chapter 6 this morning, it is an appropriate time to stop and look back on what I have learned from this first […]Read more "Reflections on Zechariah (4): Looking Back on Chapters 1-6"
I am really struck by the first section of Zechariah’s fourth night vision, portrayed in 3:1-5: 1Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD […]Read more "Reflections on Zechariah (3): Joshua vindicated"
After a brief introduction (1:1-6), the book of Zechariah launches into a series of six visions referred to as the “night visions” (1:7-6:15). They are fascinating and very difficult to interpret. Right in the middle of these visions, however, Zechariah contains an important oracle in 2:6-13 which Boda, the commentator I am using (who is […]Read more "Reflections on Zechariah (2): Implicit Trinitarianism in 2:10-12?"
The next biblical book I am studying is Zechariah. Why Zechariah? (1) I want to do something in the Old Testament; (2) I know very little about it; (3) it is the lengthiest Minor Prophet; (4) it covers an important historical period (520 BCff.) that few other books cover (Haggai is the only one I […]Read more "Reflections on Zechariah (1): Introduction"