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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Zechariah Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Zechariah
Date Penned: (1-8 520-518BC)(9-14 480BC)
Overview: Messages while Rebuilding the Temple (c 1-8)
Theme: Zechariah's Words of Encouragement (c 7-14)
Message: The People Urged to be Just and Merciful (v 1-14)

Zechariah: Chapter 7 Commentary
   
(7:1) The fourth year of King Darius's reign was 518 BC For the previous 70 years, the people had been holding a fast in August to remember the destruction of Jerusalem. Now that Jerusalem was being rebuilt, they came to the Temple to ask if they had to continue this annual fast. God did not answer that their behavior was more important than their religious actions. What he wanted from his people was honesty in business and compassion for the weak. 

(7:5-7) The Israelites had lost their sincere desire for God. Zechariah told them that they had been fasting without a proper attitude of repentance or worship. They fasted and mourned during their exile with no thought of God or their sins that had caused the exile in the first place. When you go to church, pray, or have fellowship with other believers, are you doing these things out of habit or for what you get out of them? God says that an attitude of worship without a sincere desire for him will lead to ruin.

(7:8-10) God is just, and he wants his people to reflect his justice in their lives, Here God tells Zechariah what he expects of his people. To be honest and fair, not to take bribes, and to be merciful and kind. This sounds like an easy prescription for justice, but are you fair and just in all your dealings - the small as well as the large?

(7:12) Zechariah explained to the people that their ancestors brought God's great wrath on themselves by hardening their hearts. Any sin seems more natural the second time - as we become hardened, each repetition is easier. Ignoring or refusing God's warning hardens you each time you do wrong. Read God's Word and apply it to your life. Sensitivity and submissions to God's Word can soften your heart and allow you to live as you should.

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Going Through the Motions

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofZechariah with Chapter 7. In our text today we see the people were urged to be just and merciful while they were going through the motions of worship without any heart or emotions behind them. In making application we see a common problem of going through the motions or being a luke-warm which will merit nothing. How about you? Are you going through the motions? Let us learn from our text today and the warning of Zechariah to see that the Lord sees our attitude behind our worship and if he sees us going through the motions it will merit nothing.

 

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Zechariah 7

Zechariah 7

 1And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;

 2When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,

 3And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?

 4Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying,

 5Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?

 6And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

 7Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

 8And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,

 9Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

 10And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

 11But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

 12Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.

 13Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:

 14But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.