Focus Verse: “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the Lord Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. (7)
Zechariah has a good amount of things to say regarding the first and second comings of Jesus the Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus quoted this Scripture when telling His disciples about His coming betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. God – through the actions of human beings – struck His Son, the Shepherd, and the sheep, Jesus’ disciples, were scattered.
Focus Verse: The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. (9)
Zechariah again prophecies about the second coming of Jesus the Christ when the Lord Himself will reign over the whole earth. All of creation will acknowledge that His name is the only name and will be in subjection to Him.
Focus Verse: Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. (19)
Because they had many riches, the church in Laodicea thought they were not in need of anything. But God was displeased with their lukewarm works and threatens to spit them out if they do not repent. Why did God rebuke the church in Laodicea in such a harsh manner? Because He hated them? No, because He love them.
God rebukes us when we do wrong and disciplines us when we stray from the straight and narrow way because He wants us to repent and do right. God wraps His wrath in love. Even His chastisement is full of goodness and grace.
Focus Verse: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (11)
God is worthy to receive all glory, honor, and power, because it is through Him and by Him and in Him that we live and move and have our being. By His will we were created. And for His purpose we exist.