Written several years after the first wave of exiles returned home from Babylon (520 BC to approximately 480 BC), Zechariah means “Jehovah remembers.” He is the son of Berechiah (“Jehovah blesses”) and grandson of Iddo (“the appointed time”). The book could be titled “Jehovah blesses and remembers at the appointed time.” He was a younger contemporary of Haggai. Haggai’s prophecy was very practical whereas Zechariah was literally a visionary and focused on encouragement. Zechariah, which contains more Messianic references (all noted in the Word Box) than any other minor prophet, has been called the “miniature Isaiah.”
“Then he said to me, ‘This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.’” (Zechariah 4:6, NLT)
When people are hard to love, how can you choose to show love anyway?
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