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In Zechariah, He's our Fountain
Zechariah, a book of prophecy
Zechariah is a book of prophecy; it is themed as such to set forth the program, or plan, that God has for the nation of Israel, nay, all of mankind. In Zechariah, the nation of Israel stands front and center while the Gentiles nation make up the composite of the background. When the nation of Israel was allowed to enter again into Jerusalem, to rebuild their wall, Temple and city, they were still under the abject authority of the Gentile nations.
One must, at this point in time, take into account the reasons by which names were given throughout the Bible. For example, the man who was named Methuselah, who is the man who lived the longest in the recorded history of all mankind (Genesis 5:27); his name means "when he dies it will come." It was after his death, that the flood waters covered the whole surface of the Earth. Zechariah's grandfather's name was Iddo, meaning "at the appointed time." Zechariah's father's name was Berechiah, meaning "God blesses." And, Zechariah's name means "God remembers." The book of Zechariah then becomes a book of encouragement as the people of Jerusalem find themselves in a discouraging position with their rulers still being the Gentile nations even in Jerusalem. God, through the man Zechariah, was telling His people that He still blesses and He still remembers and His promises will reach fulfillment at His appointed time.
the coming Messiah
Disobedience brings about spiritual blindness to the truth.
When Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion, the people fulfilled the words Zechariah had said hundreds of years before.
Zechariah 9:9--"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
But, they did not recognize him with true spiritual sight, and thus the reason for His weeping as He entered fully into the city.
Luke 19:41-42--"As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city,He wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.'"
Later, these same people singing glad hosannas unto the King, shout in great hatred for His death.
Zechariah 11:12--"I told them, 'If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.' So they paid me thirty pieces of silver."
Yes, thirty pieces of silver, the exact amount of coinage paid to Judas for his betrayal of the Master. Thirty pieces of silver. In these times, if a man owned a slave that was somehow gored by the horns of the ox of another man, the retribution cost to the owner of the slave was thirty pieces of silver. So, now we have Zechariah, speaking what God has laid upon him to speak, saying to the people that they will pay only what they feel the life of a crucified Jesus is worth...thirty pieces of silver.
The people were so spiritually blind that they allowed themselves to dole out a punishment based on the lies of the enemy. The enemy said that the Messiah would comes as a King decked out with splendid glory who would annihilate the ruling enemy nations.
We would all do well to remember that when God moves in our lives and we refuse to listen, our ability to hear and see will be lost. Such is the reason why so many have fallen prey to false religion and cults today.
Messiah will come again
The Mount of Olives is the place where Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection. The Mount of Olives is where Jesus will set His feet as He comes again.
Zechariah 14:4--"On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be slit in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south."
Acts 1:11--"'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back int he same way you have seen Him go into Heaven.'"
Everything in our lives has been made holy unto the Lord. God has promised us the glory of His presence as we make Him the very center of our lives. There is coming a time, as measured in the minds of man, when this truth will be as visible to you as the morning sun that rises on a daily basis. However, this truth can be a spiritual truth for you right now, this very moment. Let Jesus enter through the door of your heart that He is patiently knocking upon. Make the Lord, your God, the center of your life and everything within it...the center of your individuality, the center of you marriage, the center of your family, the center of you job, the center of your praise & worship...the center of your life and everything within it.
Zechariah 14:20-21--"On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horse,s and the cooking pots in the Lord's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come ti sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty."
In Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, is a source for the Jews during the Persian period. There is a discourse on sin and the apostasy (a desertion of spiritual and religious beliefs), as well as a coming judgment because of the faithlessness of the people to repent and live in the blessings that God has for them. The Day of the Lord is promised, and will be fulfilled!