• Zechariah’s Call for Judah’s Return Devotional

    Zechariah 1:1-6

    The opening verses of Zechariah’s book contain warnings to the people for breaking the law, warnings that prompted the people to show repentance. When God warns His people of their sin, that is always His goal, namely, their repentance. Matthew Henry comments on this passage that the warnings of God’s law are the necessary prerequisite of the gospel. Let us not be afraid to hear the warnings of Scripture, but let us look to them that we might be pointed again and again to Christ. View Resource

  • Zechariah’s First Vision Devotional

    Zechariah 1:7-17

    Zechariah’s first vision concludes with a word from the Lord that the people were not to take their continuing subjection to a foreign empire as proof that God had forgotten them. God reiterated His promises that He would bless His people and destroy His enemies (vv. 13–17). This is a good word for us when the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer. No matter how successful the wicked look now, the Lord’s people will certainly win in the end. View Resource

  • Jerusalem without Boundaries Devotional

    Zechariah 2

    Part of the assurance given to God’s people in today’s passage is that we are “the apple of his eye” (Zech. 2:8). The Lord loves us so deeply and thoroughly that He will not let those who impenitently rise up against us finally get away with it. God never forgets His children, so even when we are suffering the worst kind of harassment, He sees it and will set it right in the end. Let us be confident in the Lord’s love for us even in the midst of our trouble. View Resource

  • The Devil Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1–5

    Do you struggle to find peace with God after you have sinned? If you are in Christ by faith, which is evident in your desire to repent of all your sin and turn continually to Him, then you can be confident that you are in the kingdom. Consequently, you can remind Satan that Jesus has taken care of everything that estranges you from the Lord and that God is eager and quick to show mercy and pardon you. View Resource

  • The Devil Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1–5

    Dr. R.C. Sproul defines true repentance in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pp. 193–194). Authentic repentance is sorrow for breaking God’s law, not only because we fear hell. It also involves a resolve to turn from sin and, where possible, the making of restitution, though never in an attempt to earn forgiveness. If all this is habitual in our lives, we can be assured that Satan’s accusations against us cannot stand. Of what do you need to repent this day? View Resource

  • The Devil Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1–5

    When we sin, both the Devil and the Holy Spirit come to us. The Devil accuses us in order to paralyze our growth. However, when the Spirit convicts us, He brings grace to restore us and to renew our fellowship with God. Go to the Lord in prayer, and ask Him to help you resist the paralysis that the accuser wants to create in you. View Resource

  • The Priest with Filthy Garments Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1-5

    Matthew Henry comments: “Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua’s garments, yet did not put him away, but put them away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself; he parts between them and their sins, and so prevents their sins parting between them and their God; he reconciles himself to the sinner, but not to the sin.” God accepts us not because we are deserving but because Christ is. This is our only hope in this world and the next. View Resource

  • God’s Servant, the Branch Devotional

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of old, however, Christ does not build merely with human hands. As the God-man, He is the divine temple builder who is building His church into a holy temple, a clean sanctuary that will endure forever. Are you a part of this temple by faith alone? View Resource

  • Zechariah Sees a New Lampstand Devotional

    Zechariah 4

    At first, Zechariah had trouble understanding his vision, so he asked for divine guidance. From this we should learn, writes John Calvin, that “there is therefore no doubt but that the Lord will supply us also with understanding, when we confess that his mysteries are hid from us, and when conscious of our want of knowledge, we flee to him, and implore him not to speak in vain to us, but to grant to us the knowledge of his truth.” View Resource

  • Purging Iniquity Devotional

    Zechariah 5

    Ultimately, the impenitent are confirmed in sin forever—they continue to experience its degrading and destructive effects in hell and feel the fury of God’s wrath. We should not think that the sinners in hell want to be anywhere else. They love their sin and continue to sin in that place, and given the choice between wrath and life in the presence of the Lord’s holiness, they make the perverse choice to experience God’s wrath rather than His love, so deep is their hatred of Him. View Resource

  • To the Four Winds of Heaven Devotional

    Zechariah 6:1-8

    God held back the opposition in Zechariah’s day in order that the work of temple rebuilding could be completed. Ultimately, this vision is also being fulfilled in the new covenant era. The Lord is restraining His enemies so that He can build His church. Though our foes may at times seem to gain the upper hand in some places, their efforts will ultimately prove to be unsuccessful. Christ will build His temple, and He will finish the job no matter the opposition. View Resource

  • The Priestly Branch on the Throne Devotional

    Zechariah 6:9-15

    John Calvin writes that today’s passage must refer to “the building of the spiritual temple, when Gentiles, formerly remote from God’s people, joined them as friends, and brought their labor to the work of building the temple, not with stones or wood, or with other corruptible materials, but with the doctrine and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” We are fulfillments of prophecy, the foreigners honored to build Christ’s church in Him. Let us not forget this great blessing. View Resource

  • A Call for Kindness and Mercy Devotional

    Zechariah 7

    If we learn anything from the post-exilic community, it is the peril of not learning from God’s discipline. If we do not learn from His chastisement, we may suffer repeatedly. Thus, when we feel God’s disciplinary hand upon us, we should ask Him to teach us plainly the lessons that we must learn from our difficulties. Then we must put that learning into practice, even sharing with others what we have learned in order to help both them and us serve our Father better. View Resource

  • God’s Jealousy for Zion Devotional

    Zechariah 8:1-15

    God has promised to bring full restoration in the new heavens and earth. This is an unconditional promise—it is certain to happen no matter what individual men and women do. Yet this does not mean that all men and women will enjoy this restoration. Our participation in these blessings is conditioned upon faith and repentance. Only those who trust in Christ alone will inherit the earth. Do you place your hope in life and in death in the person and work of Christ alone? View Resource

  • The Nations Cling to the Jews Devotional

    Zechariah 8:16-23

    Only Christ can keep God’s covenant perfectly, which is why His righteousness is the only thing that avails for our justification, for being declared righteous in God’s sight. Having justified us, the Lord expects obedience out of gratitude for His grace, and as our lives reflect a pattern of holiness and obedience, more and more people see our witness and are attracted to the Christian faith. Are you being a good witness to your unbelieving neighbors by what you say and do? View Resource