Covid 19: Reflections from the Prophet Zechariah

Zechariah, along with Haggai, his contemporary, shared in the task of encouraging the people to rebuild their ruined temple and city after the captivity in Babylon.  Haggai was a “brick and mortar” kind of guy;  “Let’s build the structure,” was his mantra.  Zechariah set out to restore to a people their identity that was as devasted as their homeland.  “Build toward your future.  God has not forgotten you!” [Zechariah’s name actually means “God remembers.”]  

Zechariah was a prophet.  He brought a God-intoxicated, God revealed and knowable order to the present chaos. (1:3) He also opposed any who sought to reduce God by their words or actions. 

Zechariah was a poet.  He used the language of imagination and interaction in his visions. (4:2; 5:2, 5)  They were written as experiences more than explanations. 

Zechariah was a priest.  For those who would believe the promises and accept forgiveness, he encouraged them to live by faith. (4:6)  Zechariah contains more Messianic prophecies than any other prophet except Isaiah: they reference both his comings. (9:9; 12:10; 14:1-5, 9)

“Be still before the Lord all humanity, because He has aroused Himself from His holy dwelling.” (Zechariah 2:13) Our God is on the move!  Let us watch what He does and participate in it!