November 20, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Zechariah 8-14
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Context: Chapter 8 offers a balance to chapter 7, which was harsh and rebuking. Chapter 8 promises a glorious future for Israel. The Lord has not forgotten His promise to them. Remember, the prophecies of Zechariah remind the Israelites of the plans the Lord has for them. They are His chosen children. The remaining chapters of the book focus on the far future of Israel. Do not be discouraged if you have trouble with these chapters. Many scholars do! Israel will be restored, the Gentile nations will be punished, and a Savior will come. Chapters 9-11 contain one prophecy, while chapter 12-14 contain a second prophecy. Some scholars believe that the first oracle is about the first coming of Jesus Christ, while the second oracle tells of Christ’s second coming. Ask for wisdom as you read these chapters.
World History: Prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ often combine His first and second coming, without distinguishing between the two. Even today, we cannot always determine if a prophecy is referring to what has already happened or what is yet to happen. Who knows? Some of the prophecies that we currently say were fulfilled by Christ may actually refer to His second coming!