Advent Meditations on Zechariah

The Book of Zechariah is perhaps the closest book in the Bible to Revelation. It’s roughly in the same Apocalyptic genre and deals with the restoration of God’s people at the end of the ages.

Here’s a little collection of my favorites from the first four chapters of Zechariah for meditation (NET Bible):

1:16 “‘Therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘I have become compassionate toward Jerusalem and will rebuild my temple in it,’ says the Lord who rules over all. ‘Once more a surveyor’s measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.’
1:17 Speak up again with the message of the Lord who rules over all: ‘My cities will once more overflow with prosperity, and once more the Lord will comfort Zion and validate his choice of Jerusalem.’”

2:10 “Sing out and be happy, Zion my daughter! For look, I have come; I will settle in your midst,” says the Lord.
2:11 “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.
2:12 The Lord will take possession of Judah as his portion in the holy land and he will choose Jerusalem once again.
2:13 Be silent in the Lord’s presence, all people everywhere, for he is being moved to action in his holy dwelling place.

3:8 Listen now, Joshua the high priest, both you and your colleagues who are sitting before you, all of you are a symbol that I am about to introduce my servant, the Branch.
3:9 As for the stone I have set before Joshua – on the one stone there are seven eyes. I am about to engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord who rules over all, ‘to the effect that I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day.

4:2 He asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a menorah of pure gold with a receptacle at the top and seven lamps, with fourteen pipes going to the lamps.
4:3 There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the receptacle and the other on the left.”
4:4 Then I asked the messenger who spoke with me, “What are these, sir?”
4:5 He replied, “Don’t you know what these are?” So I responded, “No, sir.”
4:6 Therefore he told me, “These signify the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord who rules over all.”