Zechariah 7-8

Zechariah 7‑8  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
Listen from:
Zechariah 7:1-14; Zechariah 8:1-23
These chapters must be read together, I judge. For Zechariah 8:19, clearly seems to refer to Zechariah 7:3. They form the communication which was made by the Lord to the prophet, when the returned captives sent to inquire whether their captivity—fasts were now to be continued. The prophet begins his answer by a humbling word addressed to the conscience. They had, it is true, been fasting statedly during the years of their captivity; but he now tells them to ask themselves, had this been done to the Lord?
The character of the answer which the prophet, under the Holy Spirit, returns to the inquiring people is greatly worthy of thought; but it would be too much to consider it in its detail. I would, however, say this upon it: that this word of Zechariah reminds me of the method of the Lord Jesus in a like case. He never simply answered an inquiry, but so took it up as to call the conscience and heart of the enquirer into exercise. He looked rather to the moral state of the enquirer than to the subject of the inquiry. So, Zechariah here. He humbles, exhorts, and teaches, before he gives the answer. But then, when he does come to give the answer, he gives it fully and blessedly indeed. He tells them that their fasts shall become feasts; and further, announces prophetically the bright and palmy days which yet in the distance awaited Israel.