Zechariah 11:1-3; Destruction of the Jewish State; God’s Prophet, who, in the chapters before, was an ambassador sent to promise peace, is here a herald sent to declare war; Note, The falls of the wise and good into sin, and the falls of the rich and great into trouble, are loud alarms to those that are every way their inferiors not be secure; Note, When those who have power proudly abuse their power, and, instead of being shepherds, are as young lions, they may expect that the righteous God will humble their pride and break their power. B.C. 510

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 11 God's prophet, who, in the chapters before, was an ambassador sent to promise peace, is here a herald sent to declare war. The Jewish nation shall recover its prosperity, and shall flourish for some time and become considerable; it shall be very happy, at length, in the coming of the long-expected Messiah, in the preaching of his gospel, and in the setting up of his standard there. But, when thereby the chosen Continue Reading

Zechariah 10:5-12; Evangelical Promises; Encouraging Prospects; Note, The Church of Christ is a growing body, as long as it is in the present state of minority, till it comes to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; It shall spread to distant places; It shall last to future ages; The Church shall not be ‘res unius aetatis–a temporary thing,’ but a seed in it shall serve the Lord. B.C. 510

Evangelical Promises; Encouraging Prospects. B. C. 510. Zechariah 10:5-12 5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.   6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy Continue Reading

Zechariah 10:1-4; Encouragements to Trust in God; The prophet directs them to apply to God by prayer for rain in the season thereof; Those that wandered after strange gods were made to wander, into strange nations; Out of Him came forth the battle-bow, the military power, and out of Him every oppressor, or exactor, that had the civil power in His hand; and therefore to God, the fountain of power, we must always have an eye, and see every man’s judgment prodeeding from Him. B.C. 510

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 10 The scope of this chapter is much the same with that of the foregoing chapter--to encourage the Jews that had returned with hopes that though they had been under divine rebukes for their negligence in rebuilding the temple, and were now surrounded with enemies and dangers, yet God would do them good, and make them prosperous at home and victorious abroad. Now, I. They are here directed to eye the great God Continue Reading

Zechariah 9:12-17; Gospel Invitations; Promises of God’s Favour to Israel; “Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;” Sinners are prisoners, but they are prisoners of hope; their case is sad, but it is not desperate; It is promised, That they shall be instruments in God’s hand for the defeating and baffling of their persecutors; The best and bravest of men are but what God makes them, and do no more service than He enables them to do; That God will be captain, and commander-in-chief, over them, in every expedition and engagement, “The Lord shall be seen over them”. B.C. 510

Gospel Invitations; Promises of God's Favour to Israel. B. C. 510. Zechariah 9:12-17 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;   13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.   14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his Continue Reading

Zechariah 9:9-11; Predictions Relating to Messiah; Here is notice given of the approach of the Messiah promised; “This King has been long in coming, but now, behold, He cometh; He is at the door;” He is a righteous Ruler; He is a powerful protector; He is a meek, humble, tender Father to all His subjects as His children; Note, A sinful state is a state of bondage; it is a spiritual prison; it is a pit, or a dungeon, in which there is no water, no comfort at all to be had; We are all by nature prisoners in this pit; the Scripture has concluded us all under sin, and bound us over to the justice of God; God is pleased to deal upon new terms with these prisoners, to enter into another covenant with them; the blood of Christ is the blood of that covenant. B.C. 510

Predictions Relating to Messiah. B. C. 510. Zechariah 9:9-11 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.   10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the Continue Reading

Zechariah 9:1-8; Prophecy against Syria; Prophecy against the Enemies of Israel; Judgments and Mercies; “The burden of the word of the Lord,” for every word of God has weight in it to those who regard it, and will be a heavy weight upon those who do not, a dead weight; Those are miserable upon whom the burden of the word of the Lord rests, upon whom the wrath of God abides (John 3:36); for it is a weight that they can neither shake off nor bear up under. B.C. 510

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 9 At this chapter begins another sermon, which is continued to the end of ch. xi. It is called, "The burden of the word of the Lord," for every word of God has weight in it to those who regard it, and will be a heavy weight upon those who do not, a dead weight. Here is, I. A prophecy against the Jews' unrighteous neighbours--the Syrians, Tyrians, Philistines, and others (ver. 1-6), with an intimation of mercy to Continue Reading

Zechariah 8:18-23; Encouraging Prospects Part 3; “Ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you;” Note, It is the privilege of the saints that they have God with them, have Him among them–the knowledge, and fear, and worship of Him; for they have His favour and gracious presence; Those who join themselves to the Lord must join themselves to His disciples; if we take God for our God, we must take His people for our people, cast in our lot among them, and be willing to take our lot with them. B.C. 517

Encouraging Prospects. B. C. 517. Zechariah 8:18-23 18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,   19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.   20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to Continue Reading

Zechariah 8:9-17; Encouraging Prospects Part 2; “Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets;” Note, God’s punishing sinners is never a sudden and hasty resolve, but is always the product of thought, and there is a counsel in that part of the will of God; If the sinner turn not, God will not turn! B.C. 517

Encouraging Prospects. B. C. 517. Zechariah 8:9-17 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.   10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went Continue Reading

Zechariah 8:1-8; Encouraging Prospects Part 1; God promises that Jerusalem shall be restored, reformed, replenished, that the country shall be rich, and the affairs of the nation shall be successful, their reputation retrieved; They shall neither be detained by the nations among whom they sojourn nor shall they incorporate with them; “but I will save them,” will separate them, and will bring them to their own land again. B.C. 517

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 8 The work of ministers is rightly to divide the word of truth and to give every one his portion. So the prophet is here instructed to do, in the further answer he gives to the case of conscience proposed about continuing the public fasts. His answer, in the foregoing chapter, is by way of reproof to those that were disobedient and would not obey the truth. But here he is ordered to change his voice, and to speak Continue Reading

Zechariah 7:8-14; Wilful Disobedience of Israel; Consequences of Disobedience; Nothing is so hard, so unmalleable, so inflexible, as the heart of a presumptuous sinner; and those whose hearts are hard may thank themselves; they are of their own hardening, and it is just with God to give them over to a reprobate sense, to the hardness and impenitence of their own hearts; Note, The reason why men are not good is because they will not be so; they will not consider, will not comply; and therefore, if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it; “Therefore 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. B.C. 520

Wilful Disobedience of Israel; Consequences of Disobedience. B. C. 520. Zechariah 7:8-14 8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,   9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:   10 And 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.   11 Continue Reading