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Reflections on Zechariah (1): Introduction

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 am aware of); (5) its filled with messianic hope and has some beautiful and important Messianic passages (e.g., 9:9, 12:10); (6) its apocalyptic visions are fascinating; (7) God’s people are generally more responsive to Zechariah than they were to the pre-exilic prophets, which makes the book more interesting/enjoyable to read in some ways; (8) why not?

As usual, I will be using this blog as a processing area. Feel free to make comments or suggestions along the way!

Here are the final two verses of the first section of the book (chapters 1-8), one of my favorite passages:

“Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

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  1. Hey Gav,How does this work for you, to study a book and process it on your blog?Josh Charette and I have actually started studying Romans together. I should have thought about asking you, but you have some pretty good reasons to study Zechariah. Lets try to get together sometime soon. I’d love to catch up w/ you.

  2. hey man – it will look just the same as what I have done on Revelation, Hebrews, and Habakkuk on here. Let me know how Romans goes, and what you are doing. Lets definitely connect soon.

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