Tangible symbols help us understand and remember God’s promises. In Zechariah 6, God instructs the returned exiles to create a crown for the high priest, symbolizing the coming Messiah who would be both an atoning priest and a defending king. We face many challenges in our day and the Lord provides us with tangible symbols (chiefly His supper) so that we, too, might have faith in our glorious Savior who remains both priest and king forever.
Pride, one of the “seven deadly sins,” could be called the father of all human sinfulness. If you have ever encountered someone who was proud of their humility, then you know this is true! Proverbs has much to warn us about pride’s dangers and much to teach us about the beauty and benefits of humility.
Studying the Lord’s vengeance in Zechariah 6 helps us see why our vengeance is both unhelpful and unnecessary. Rather than being consumed by revenge, we may be set free by the Savior who submitted to ultimate injustice in our place and who will execute perfect justice in His timing.
What do flying scrolls and women in baskets have to do with the Christian life? What do these sixth and seventh night visions, delivered to Zechariah over 2,500 years ago, even mean? Zechariah 5 invites us to learn more about the God from whom no injustice will escape, and who will ultimately remove the sin of His people through the Savior who was cursed, judged, and lifted up in our place.
Christianity stands or falls on the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or a person who struggles to believe, the evidence of Luke 24 demands the verdict that Jesus is alive and able to grant eternal life to everyone who appeals to him for grace.
Everything big comes from something small. Even the work of God in our lives often begins in very simple ways. As believers, we don’t despise the day of small things because God uses small beginnings for great endings through our great Savior, Jesus Christ.
Zerubbabel faced the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding the temple with limited resources, great opposition, and a demoralized workforce. Yet God encouraged him through Zechariah’s vision that nothing is too hard for the Spirit of God. Where our human strength fails, God triumphs through His Son, the Light of the world, whose brilliance will shine forever.
In the book of Proverbs, we encounter a handful of wisdom sayings that address God’s sovereign and providential control of all his creatures and their actions. These proverbs give helpful insight into the doctrine of providence and how we are to live securely and confidently in God’s fatherly hand.