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lesson 36

 

ZECHARIAH

 

I. BACKGROUND

1. Author - Zechariah the son of Berechiah: 1:1

2. Date - 520 B.C.: 1:1

3: Setting - The book is divided into two primary divisions: Chapters 1 8 delivered during the rebuilding of the Temple in

Jerusalem and chapters 9 - 14 dealing with prophecies concerning the future of Israel, both physically and spiritually

 

II. PURPOSE OF THE BOOK

1. Key Verses: 1:2-3; 9: 2:1; 3:3; 5:3; 9:4; 10:6; 13:2; 14:3-5

2. Theme: The first division of Zechariah deals with the calling of the people to accept the fact that God is everywhere at all

times, the reality of sin and the need for God's pardon. The second division deals with how God will use physical forces to

prepare the way for the Messiah and His ultimate victory.

1) God's message to Israel:

a. The Lord's call to repentance: 1:1-6

b. Divine visions: 1:7 - 6:8

c. Crowning of the King: 6:9 - 7:1

d. Concerning fast days: 7:1 - 8:23

2) The prophet's visions

a. Future of world powers and God's people: 9:1 - 11:17

b. Victories of Israel: 12:1 - 14:21

 

III. ABOUT THE MESSIAH

1. His atoning death: 3:8-9; 13:1

2. Builder of God's house: 6:12

3. His universal reign: 6:13: 9:10

4. Triumphant entry: 9:9

5. Price of His death: 11:12

6. His body pierced: 12:10

7. A smitten shepherd: 13:7

 

IV. APPLICATIONS - LESSONS

1. Christ the only way

1) Man's way not acceptable: 1:3

2) God's way will change men: 1:6

3) John 3:16

2. Uniting all authority under Christ

1) Christ shall build the Temple: 6:12; Matthew 16:18

2) Christ shall be glorified: 6:13: Ephesians 3:21

3) Christ shall be victorious: 14:9; Romans 8:37

4) Matthew 28:18

3. Christ's ability to overcome all physical obstacles

1) Wealth and power of Satan: 9:4; Luke 10:19-20

2) Spiritual wickedness can not stand: 10:3; Philipians 4:13

3) Romans 8:28

 

ZECHARIAH QUESTIONS

 

1. Verses 1 - 6 call for Israel to do what?

1) Enlarge its borders

2) Repent

3) Make idols to worship

 

2. What are the general divisions of the book?

 

3. ____ waters shall go out of Jerusalem _____ toward the _____ sea and ______ toward the hinder sea.

 

4. When Jehovah said, "I will be unto her a wall of fire round about." He meant:

1) He would destroy Israel

2) He would protect Israel

3) He would keep her warm in the winter

 

5. God's people will be victorious. True or False

 

6. When Zechariah prophesied about smiting the shepherd, he was speaking about Christ. True or False

 

 


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