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.
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.
The only time Satan tells the truth is when he accuses us of sin. In fact, our sin makes us spiritually filthy before the Lord. But no matter how deep the stain of our transgressions, God can cleanse us through the work of Christ and enable us to live for His glory. We move from filthy to forgiven to fruitful through the blood of Christ, our great High Priest.
Heaven and the New Jerusalem are not glorious because they have no taxes and perfect weather (though that may be!). They are glorious because God Himself dwells there in unshielded majesty. His presence is our ultimate security and joy, and that presence is already experienced in part through His Church. We have been made citizens of an eternal community and a beacon to the nations through the blood of Christ, who is Immanuel, God with us.
Most of life’s battles seem out of control when all you can see are the difficult circumstances around you. But in Zechariah 1, God gives us a glimpse into His “heavenly command center” where we see just how in control He really is. From His observations of the enemy’s movements to their wholesale destruction, God delivers His people through the grace of His great High Captain, Jesus Christ.
From the Garden of Eden to the present day, the source of all our problems is that our hearts and minds stray from the living God. Our sin leads us to distraction, disobedience, and disillusionment because we forsake the God who made us. In Zechariah 1, God calls us back to Himself, ultimately through the Son who was rejected that we might be received.
The Puritan theologian, John Owen, teaches believers that there is available to us special help from the Holy Spirit when we pray. This Spirit-energized help makes prayer, which is our duty, also our delight.
Jonathan Edwards, the leading pastor-theologian of the First Great Awakening, teaches us that prayer is an essential ingredient for the revival of believers and the conversion of the lost in expanding the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. He exhorts us to be eager and determined in our prayer lives as we seek God and the increase of his kingdom.