Zechariah's visions foster hope in the future promise of the messianic kingdom, and challenge Israel after the exile to remain faithful to God.
Almost 70 years after the exile, the Israelites were experiencing hardships and wondered if prophetic promises of a New Jerusalem would ever be fulfilled. The book of Zechariah answers this question through several dream visions.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Zechariah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Zechariah, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
These bizarre images remind God's people that they must remain faithful to the covenant if they want the New Jerusalem, Messianic kingdom, peace on earth and end of evil to come to pass. Even though the book doesn't follow a neat, orderly pattern and contains scary and bizarre images, it shows glimpses of God's hand at work guiding history toward His own purposes. We can look above the chaos and hope for the coming of God's kingdom, which will motivate faithfulness in the present.
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
Garden of Eden
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
Scattering of Nations
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
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