Again, the Lord endears Himself back to the people of Israel through a prophet, this time it’s Zechariah. The book begins with the recounting of the fact that the fathers of those living in that day had not listened to the prophets of the past. He speaks of the other times that the Lord approached them, pleading with the people to repent and turn back to the Lord to no avail. In spite of this abstinent behavior however, this new generation is given its own chance to turn back to the Lord and adhere to His ways. It says in chapter 1 vs. 6
“But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers?”
This is a very hopeful passage, because it shows that God’s Word and Way is eternal, and not determined by the obedience or disobedience of the humankind. This brings upon great opportunity to generations and nations of people who perhaps have a legacy of disobedience that has been laid before them- it provides a new chance for them to turn to the Lord and devote their lives to Him. Vs. 6 goes on to say that they did just that- and even though they still felt the weight of their fathers, and had experienced some of the wrath and despair that befell them in the past, God nonetheless afforded them the chance to turn back to Him. Here we see it:
“So they repented and said, As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.”
The rest of the chapters from today’s reading describes God’s presence in the world and the reality of the spiritual realm that surrounds us. God is not someone who just shows up on the scene now and again, but He is ever-present. Chapter 2:10 states that God will “dwell in the midst” of His people. He is not some celestial being that sits and resides in a spiritual temple somewhere. Rather, He is moving and active and there.
Finally, chapter 3 displays for us a beautiful prophecy of Christ, our great High Priest (who at that time was to come, but for us has come). This is a great reminder that Christ’s redemption and ultimate reconciliation of the world was always there as the plan. It is a great reassurance that God has always been in control of His creation- never allowing any rebellion take its full course. It would and will always end with the victory of Christ.