Zechariah: The Tents of Judah

People who live in tents generally are not as well off as people who live in houses in the city.  Most of the religious elite rejected the gospel, although not all did (cf. John 12:42; Acts 6:7).  There were some in the higher stations of life who became faithful Christians like Cornelius, Lydia, and Philemon.  However, as Paul later described, those most receptive to the gospel who generally tended to be first to obey were not “wise according to worldly standards,” nor “powerful” or “of noble birth” (1 Cor. 1:26; cf. Matt. 11:25; Mk. 12:37).  Yet regardless of one’s financial or social status, within the church we are “all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).… Read More Zechariah: The Tents of Judah

Zechariah: The Heavy Stone

A biblical case could be made that Jerusalem and Judah symbolize the New Testament church in this prophecy.  The New Testament writers spoke of Christians in terms that would have fit the Jews of the Old Testament (cf. Rom. 2:28-29; Gal. 3:29; 6:16; James 1:1; Lk. 22:30), thus showing that under the Christian era it is Christians, not ethnic Jews, who are God’s chosen people.  In like manner, the writer of Hebrews described “the church of the firstborn” as “the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22-23; cf. Rev. 21:2; 19:7; Rom. 7:4).… Read More Zechariah: The Heavy Stone

Zechariah: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Judas and the chief priests fulfilled this prophecy when he threw the money into the temple and they determined to use it to buy “the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers” who had died in Jerusalem, rather than put it into the temple treasury since it had been used to kill a Man (Matt. 27:3-10).  They likely knew of a very cheap piece of property near the city from which potters had been taking clay for years to make their pottery, thus now rendering it useless for nothing more than a graveyard, something worth no more than $15.… Read More Zechariah: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Zechariah: Did Matthew Make a Mistake?

Matthew 26:9-10 says that Jeremiah had spoken the prophecy and does not mention Zechariah.  Some consider this a contradiction and thus proof that the Bible is not inspired of God.  “My Bible’s cross-reference says that Zechariah wrote this, but Matthew says Jeremiah said it.  That’s a contradiction!  The Bible must be a fraud!”  Such a conclusion is mistaken for several reasons. … Read More Zechariah: Did Matthew Make a Mistake?

Zechariah: The Wrong Kind of Shepherds

God had indeed cared for His people under Moses’ covenant.  Whenever they had followed His ways, He had shown them grace and favor and had united them (cf. Josh. 24:14-20). Yet in the end they rejected Him.  Because of this, the Messiah would destroy “the three shepherds” – the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day who were leading the Jews away from God  – “in one month,” likely figurative of a very short amount of time (11:8a).… Read More Zechariah: The Wrong Kind of Shepherds

Zechariah: Prophecies About the Intertestamental Period and the Church

Intertestamental history would show that the Jews would encounter trials and problems over the centuries after returning home, but God would be with them. However, this redemptive journey home also serves as “a shadow of the good things to come” in Christianity.  God calls all who have left Him because of sin through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world (Rom. 3:23; Is. 59:2; Mk. 16:15-16; Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Thess. 2:13-14).… Read More Zechariah: Prophecies About the Intertestamental Period and the Church

Zechariah: A Warning, Some Encouragement, and a Messianic Prophecy

Both Christ and His church are depicted in the New Testament (with imagery similar to Zechariah’s) as fighting a spiritual war against Satan (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Thess. 5:8; Jude 3; Rev. 1:16; 6:2; 19:11-13).  Whatever victories the church has in this spiritual war are because Jesus is with us (John 15:4-5), and those within the church shall certainly rejoice because of the salvation given to them by God’s grace (Phil. 4:4-7).  It strengthens my faith to see – in us – the fulfillment of these prophecies.… Read More Zechariah: A Warning, Some Encouragement, and a Messianic Prophecy