As we wrap up this study of Zechariah, I felt I needed to pull together the “big picture” of the book, the summary of what we have discovered along our journey.
Did I miss something? No.
Did I need to correct something I said? Not that I know of.
Instead, I felt like I needed closure to the book – a way to wrap up what we have been reading and studying.
While preparing this study, I read the book multiple times and had an idea of what I thought it was about.
In the Introduction to Zechariah, I offered these thoughts:
“The major messages of the book are as follows:
Restoration of the Temple (chapters 1- 8)
Coming of Messiah first. and then His Eternal Kingdom (chapters 9-14)
There are a lot of important topics and key verses in this book. The overarching theme, however, is the nations’ desire to know the One True God.”
After journeying through the book of Zechariah, I still love the theme that I saw in the Introduction:
20 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, 21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ 22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.”
23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”
(Zechariah 8:20-23 NIV)
In this journey through Zechariah, I came across this summary of the book that provides such a concise synopsis that I wanted to share it with you:
“I close with this.
The theme of Zechariah, I’ll tell you in one word, “Christ.”
He’s the theme.
In chapter 1 He is the riding one.
In chapter 2 He is the measuring one.
In chapter 3 He is the cleansing one.
In chapter 4 He’s the empowering one.
In chapter 5 He’s the judging one.
In chapter 6 He’s the crowned one.
In chapter 7 He’s the rebuking one.
In chapter 8 He’s the restoring one.
In chapter 9 He’s the kingly one.
In chapter 10 He’s the blessing one.
In chapter 11 He’s the shepherding one.
In chapter 12 He’s the returning one.
In chapter 13 He’s the smitten one.
In chapter 14 He is the reigning one.
Zechariah saw Christ.
I hope you caught his vision.
And I hope you know the Christ he looked forward to.”
(from John MacArthur’s sermon given October 30, 1977; online transcript at https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/2171/the-day-of-the-lord)
May we see Christ and His work in us, around us, and through us.
May we know Him as the One True God and as His followers, reflect His character traits and love for others.