Week Thirty-four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophets: Zechariah

Zechariah

Zechariah is a post-exilic prophet like Haggai.  Our study identifies only a few of no less than seven Messianic prophesies made by Zechariah.

Sunday, August 23

Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Prayer: Jesus, by your Spirit mighty things can be accomplished in our hearts and lives.

Thought for the day: The spirit of nuclear fusion empowers an atom bomb.

Monday, August 24

Zechariah 7:5 Ask all the people of the land and the priests, “When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?”

Prayer: O God, may you forgive our empty rituals that we pretend to offer to you.

Thought for the day:  Fasting is recognized in many religions and cultures as a healing practice.

Tuesday, August 25

Zechariah 7:9,10 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  In your hearts do not think evil of each other.”

Prayer:  Jesus, we would do right by showing mercy and compassion.

Thought for the day:  When we choose to reject evil thoughts of others and to welcome positive thoughts of others we are creating a better world.

Wednesday, August 26

Zechariah 7:12 They made their hearts as hard a flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry.”

Prayer:  God, may you guard us against hardheartedness and insensitivity to your will.

Thought for the day: It is dangerous to rely upon a thermostat that will not give a true reading.

Thursday, August 27

Zechariah 7:13 When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen, says the Lord Almighty.

Prayer:  God, we confess that there were times we did not listen to your word or your Spirit, and we ask your forgiveness.

Thought for the day:  God is the greatest counselor, since God is the greatest listener.

 

Friday, August 28

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Prayer:  Jesus, you did it, you rode into Jerusalem on a colt to symbolize your coming kingdom of peace.

Thought for the day:  Donkeys and camels were reserved for travel in Jesus’ time, while horses were used primarily for warfare.

Saturday, August 29

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

Prayer: Jesus, when we think of your sacrifice on Calvary, we have sorrow for all the times we have failed you and our brothers and sisters.

Thought for the day: Moral maturity is marked by moral sensitivity and not insensitive.

 

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