Notes: June 4, 2009

Zechariah’s early visions

Zechariah 1

  • The rider on a red horse (v. 7-17)
  • The reporters (v. 10-11)
  • The angel of the Lord intercedes for Jerusalem (v. 12)
  • The Lord’s promise to avenge His people (v. 14-17)
  • The four horns, enemies of Israel (v. 18-19). (North-Assyrians; South-Egyptians; East-Moabites & Ammonites; West- Philistines ??)
  • The four carpenters, destroyers of Israel’s enemies (v. 20-21). (Babylonians, Medes & Persians, Greeks, Romans ??)

Zechariah 2

  • The man with a measuring line surveys Jerusalem and Israel (v. 1-13)
  • A land of safety, no walls required (v. 4)
  • God protects His people (v. 5)
  • Come home, you who live in distant lands (v. 6-9).
  • The glorious future that includes the Gentiles (v. 10-13)

Zechariah 3

  • The high priest and satan (v. 1-10)
  • Joshua, high priest and representative of the priesthood and people, stands in filthy garments to be judged (v. 1-3)
  • Satan, as usual, is the accuser (v. 2).
  • The Judge chooses to be merciful to the guilty Joshua and orders a change of clothing and position for him (v. 4-5).
  • Joshua is warned to walk in obedience (v. 6-7).
  • All of the priests are urged to look to the Messiah, the Branch (v. 8), the stone with 7 eyes (v. 9).
  • Only then, when men turn to the Messiah, will peace and prosperity (remember chapter 2) prevail in the land (v. 10).