Today, we begin a study in the book of Zechariah as we continue in our series of studies through the Minor Prophets.
The book of Zechariah, along with Haggai and Malachi are “post-exilic” books, in that they prophesied to God’s people following their return to the land of Israel after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. God had purposed that the Jews return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, but although they began the work, it soon came to a halt after receiving opposition. However, they ceased the work for approximately 15 years while they built houses, and established day-to-day routines for themselves. The Lord then raised up Haggai to exhort the people to return to rebuilding the temple. Then, about six months later, He raised up Zechariah to encourage the people to continue in the Lord’s work.
For anyone who is engaged in any sort of ministry, they’ll know that discouragement is very common. As we think about the mission that God has given us, the Great Commission, we will be looking at 4 out of the 8 visions given to Zechariah, designed to encourage God’s people to continue with God’s work.