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A review of the Old Testament, Post-exilic, prophetic text; highlighting the themes of the book.
Don't let the introduction throw you off! This message is important to understanding the theological hermeneutic that links the Old Testament hope with the New Testament gospel! This hermeneutic is borne out of a verse by verse commentary of Zechariah, chapter 14.
Zechariah, chapter 13, is all about purity! A fountain flows to take away sin, a remnant is refined by the fire, and a shepherd is stricken so that the sheep will scatter. Wait a minute! How does that third point relate? How does the quest for devotion and purity -- the kind that would even see parents slaying their children if they became false prophets -- relate to a shepherd being stricken? It's an important Old Testament reference because Jesus will quote it directly as relating to him! What did Jesus try to teach his disciples by quoting Zechariah 13?
Zechariah, chapter 12, signals the prophet's final "burden" of the Lord. It is about a future "Day" when the Lord will protect and restore His covenant people at Jerusalem. There are two objectives for this message: A preacher's burden to teach Bible readers what they should anticipate when reading the prophetic sections of the Old Testament (and beyond). The second, is the prophet's burden to move a remnant people to understand that God's victory, founded upon grace and mercy, will be personally understood through mourning and bitterness over a "firstborn" who has been "pierced!"
God loves His sheep; but do His sheep love Him? Will they ever love Him? Zechariah is charged with a task of shepherding the flock of the returning remnant. He has plans to prosper them and to defend them -- but the sheep rebel, and the other shepherds don't appreciate him. Will there ever be a day when Israel follows the voice of their true shepherd? Yes! But the true shepherd must first lay down his life for them. Not simply to protect the sheep from wolves; but also from the just judgment of God that they so deserve!