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Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 10 – 20170925

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Zechariah 10:1-2  “…The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain…idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain…”
God is the one who gives, not idols or other false gods.  Yes, He has set some things in motion that come on regular schedules, but He is still the one who does it.  He still wants us to communicate with Him about it.

3  “My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds…”
Those who were in position of civil and religious leadership had not fulfilled their duties.  They had allowed the people to follow idols in the past and now apparently they were not being obedient, but only interested in following religious rules.  Bible teacher once said that Jesus came to save us from two things; sin and religion.  We need to be cleansed from our sin and have a closer, personal relationship with Him.

4  “From him comes the cornerstone…from him…from him…”
Gotten used to the translation capitalizing the pronouns which refer to God in any form.  This section appears to refer to Him, but the pronouns aren’t capitalized.  I think the idea is that God has said He will make something of Israel, the house of Judah.  Therefore, He will do things through them.  From him, Israel, by means of God, will be done these things He mentions.  Things listed comprise all that’s needed to hold things together, the cornerstone, tent peg, bow, and rulers.  God will provide what is needed through His people.

6  “…I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them.  They shall be as though I had not cast them aside…”
God will restore.  Could be referring to the present as well as the future when He brings them back after the Roman dispersion.

7-10  “…Until no more room is found for them”
Sounds like the return of 1948 AD.  Jews had been in so many other countries, and still are.  But many more are coming to Israel every day, and they’re having trouble building places for them to live.  Trying to spread out, but the world’s hatred of them is causing problems.  World doesn’t want them to expand, build more housing.  Even the terms they use are biased.  To build on your own land is just construction, but the world calls them settlements as though Israel were building on others’ land, not their own.  World would freak out if they realized how much land the Israelites actually own by God’s decree.  Would contain much of what is now Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq as well as what is counted as Israel.  One day they will occupy all of their land.

11-12  Nothing will be able to keep God from bringing His people back to the land.  He will bring them back, and they shall be in perfect safety with Him.  Definitely prophecies of the end, the Millennial Reign.  Will be awesome to see.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 9 – 20170921

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Zechariah 9:1  “The burden of the word of the LORD…”
Prophecy regarding something, known as a burden.

1  “…the land of Hadrach…”
Commentary says part of Syria.  Not mentioned in ancient histories.  Probably regional name.

2  “…Hamath…”
Syrian kingdom.

3-4  “Tyre built herself a tower…the Lord will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea…”
No matter what precautions Tyre makes, God’s judgment will still find her.  Commentary says this was fulfilled by Alexander the Great in his journey to conquer the world.  People of Tyre had fortified an island so they thought they were safe, but Alexander built a land bridge across the water and destroyed them.

5-6  “Ashkelon…Gaza…Ekron…I will cut off the pride of the Philistines”
Philistines are included in the judgment.  Commentary says Alexander got them also.

7  No clear idea other than the bits and pieces.  Speaks of turning from idol worship, blood and abominations.  But what this is exactly referring to and when isn’t mentioned.  Jebusite was the people of the land subjugated by the Israelites.  Will the Philistines one day be done the same way?

8  “…Because of him who passes by and him who returns…”
Commentary says a reference to Alexander on his way down to Egypt and back.  He didn’t bother the Jews going or coming.

9  “…Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey”
Prophecy of Christ entering Jerusalem before the crucifixion.

10  “I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off…”
Not sure here.  Commentary says it refers to the future coming together of the tribes when the King reigns, and that His dominion shall encompass all of the land of Israel promised to Abraham as well as the whole earth.  Israel’s land is supposed to extend from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River, much more than has ever been occupied.

13  “…And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece…”
Although Greece and its successor, the Romans, would oppress the Jews for a time, the King coming out of Israel would be greater than any from the other kingdoms.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 8 – 20170920

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Zechariah 8:1  “…the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying…”
This and the phrase thus says the LORD is repeated a great deal throughout the chapter.  Not sure if Zechariah was trying to impress God’s authorship to the messages or if he just mentions it each time God told him something.

2-3  “…I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her…I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem…”
God makes no bones about how He feels regarding Israel and Jerusalem as a location.  He gave the land to Abraham and his descendants forever, and He chooses to set up His base of operations, as it were, in Jerusalem.  Anyone who tries to say that Jerusalem belongs to anyone other than Israel is completely and utterly mistaken.

4-5  “…Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age.  The streets of the city Shall be full of boys and girls Playing in its streets.”
Total safety for all.  People living to great age and children being produced.  All moving about without fear.

6  “…also be marvelous in My eyes…”
God cares about what we care about.  He is a personal God, not some distant entity indifferent to our concerns.

8  “I will bring them back, And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem…”
Probably an instance of parallelism.  He’s bringing them back now from the exile and will one day bring them back from the nations after the nation is destroyed in 70 AD.  Or He could be referring solely to the restoration of 1948 AD.  How awesome it is to refer to something in our past which was prophesied to occur in the future.  We get to see what the people of that time could only imagine.

9-13  “…Let your hands be strong…For before these days…But now…Do not fear, Let your hands be strong”
Be encouraged, do not fear.  Before this time, before the exile, God was angry with the people and executed judgment upon them, including no crops or herds, famine, pestilence, and eventually exile.  But now He is going to restore all of that.  They can get on with the building with the assurance that He is taking care of everything else.  Their labors won’t be in vain.  They don’t have to worry that it will all be torn down again.

16-17  “‘These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath.  For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the LORD.”
God is determined to do good for Israel, and this is Israel’s part.  Same as before.  Be honest, truthful, and care for others.

19  “…The fast…Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts…”
The reasons for the fasting are gone.  Those times have been turned into times of celebration.

22  “Yes, many peoples and strong nations Shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem…”
Probably referring to the time of the Millennial reign when all the nations of the earth will come to Jerusalem to worship Christ.

23  “…In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man…”
Very descriptive phrasing of the time.  Everyone will want to go to Jerusalem.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 7 – 20170917

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Zechariah 7:1  “…fourth year of King Darius…”
Still under Medo/Persian control so still using their time reference.

3  “…to ask the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts…”
The people send representatives to the temple, which hasn’t been completed yet, to ask if they need to continue the fasting which they have done through the years.  They were apparently doing it because they had been told to do so and wanted to know if they should keep it up.

5  “…did you really fast for Me—for Me?”
Apparently they were doing it out of habit and because they thought they had to do it to please God.  Not out of a contrite heart with respect for God as a person.  God didn’t want them just going through the motions as though He were some animal that needed to be appeased.  Many times the scriptures remind us that to obey is better than sacrifice.  God wants relationship, not religion.

9  “…Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother”
True worship.

11-13  “But they refused to heed…just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen…”
God warned them for years that He would send them into exile for their disobedience, but they wouldn’t listen.  When He finally did it, they cried out, but it was too late.  Jeremiah got a lot of this.  He tried to tell the people they had gone beyond God’s mercy in that instance.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 6 – 20170915

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Zechariah 6:1-3  “…four chariots…between two mountains…of bronze…red horses…black horses…white horses…dappled horses–strong”
Four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains, or in the valley, each pulled by different colored horses.  One commentary mentioned the word strong could have been bay or reddish-brown color of the horses.  Somewhat reminiscent of the four horsemen of Revelation.

5  “…four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth”
Commentaries are divided on their meaning.  Many hold that they, in some way, represent the four kingdoms mentioned in Daniel.  As it seems they may represent judgment from God, since they come from between mountains of bronze, some think they show how God uses different nations as His tools of judgment.  I’m wondering if they’re just showing how God is in full control, that they’re there to do His bidding whatever it is.

8  “…those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country”
It’s mentioned earlier that all the earth was at peace while Jerusalem was in disarray.  This seems to imply that the ones that went north have completed some judgment which has satisfied God.  All of these visions seem like bits and pieces in a bigger picture.  Having trouble getting them all to come together.

11-12  “…make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest…Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!…”
Crowning the high priest to represent the coming Messiah, Jesus.

13  “…He shall build the temple of the LORD.  He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both”
Salvation is built on Him as the foundation.  He shall be both king and priest.  Total peace between sacred and secular as Christ is head of both.  Or more precisely, He will reign over all.  Will no longer be a division between the two as it was in the beginning.

15  “Even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the LORD . Then you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you…”
Commentary suggests that this refers not only to the Jews who have come back from exile, but also to the fact that the Messiah will bring people, gentiles, from all nations to build His temple, will bring the whole world to Himself.  And when we see this happen, we’ll know that God Himself has done it, which we saw with Jesus.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 5 – 20170913

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Zechariah 5:2  “…I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” Scroll flying through the air, or hovering.  It’s unrolled completely so he can see how long and wide it is and apparently that it has writing on both sides.

3  “…Every thief shall be . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 5 – 20170913

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 4 – 20170911

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Zechariah 4:3  “Two olive trees are by it…” Reference the two witnesses of Revelation 11.

NOTE:  Have to read the entire chapter to understand what is being done and said.  At first it doesn’t appear that Zechariah’s question is answered, and he actually asks it a second time.  But if you . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 4 – 20170911

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 3 – 20170907

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Zechariah 3:1  “…Joshua the high priest…” Commentaries say Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai, they prophesied at the same time.  Haggai 1:1 tells us that Joshua was the high priest at that time.

1  “…Angel of the LORD…” Reference to pre-incarnate Christ.

1  “…Satan standing at his right hand to oppose . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 3 – 20170907

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 2 – 20170905

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Zechariah 2:2-5  “…To measure Jerusalem…Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls…I will be the glory in her midst” To measure something, to establish it’s dimensions, to settle its existence.  It will happen.  At some future point, Jerusalem will be inhabited without the need for walls for God Himself will be . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 2 – 20170905

Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 1 – 20170903

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Zechariah 1:1  “…second year of Darius…” According to the intro in the commentary, he was a prophet to the exiles returning to the land.  Still under the control of Darius, the Medo/Persian empire.

4  “Do not be like your fathers…” He opens with a call to repentance and an admonition to . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 1 – 20170903