The temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt but all was not well. A delegation arrives with a question for the priests. Zechariah senses a deeper issue, and God gives him four messages that expose our hearts.
Zechariah's first four visions show God's unwavering compassion for Israel. The second four visions pick up where the first four leave off - with the nation being cleansed from sin. This deeper need for spiritual cleansing is the focus of Zechariah's second four visions.
Does God care about you? Does it really matter how you live your life? If there is a God, why doesn't he fix this world's problems? You may have wondered this. The Jews in Zechariah's day did, too. Mysterious visions in the night revealed truth we still need to apply today.
This morning we meet an amazing prophet who lived more than five centuries before Christ, yet prophesied details about His life and death, and details about His future second coming! His name is Zechariah.
Our culture is becoming increasingly hostile to the God and the church of Jesus Christ. Biblical truths are attacked in government and media. Our world is showing its 'true colors': It's bad, but there's good news, too. As salt and light, Christians point to a better way, and a better day!
When evil takes root in society, Christians face persecution. To avoid this, some will conform. Jesus warns against this: We must be willing to be persecuted for doing what is right. At the same time, we must not return evil for evil, but rather do good and show mercy.
God is sovereign over governments, but they are often evil. When they are, God's people demonstrate allegiance to Him by refusing to obey, knowing full well that they may face temporal consequences.
Christians live in this world as ambassadors for Christ, but are citizens of the world to come. How are we then to treat government? God deals with nations and leaders, and calls us to submit to them for His sake.