Zechariah 7:1-7; An Enquiry Concerning Fasting; Hypocrisy Reproved; In prayer we must set ourselves as before the Lord, must see His eye upon us and have our eye up to Him; Note, When we offer up our requests to God it must be with a readiness to receive instructions from Him; for, if we turn away our ear from hearing His law, we cannot expect that our prayers should be acceptable to Him; We must therefore desire to dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of our life that we may enquire there (Ps. 27:4), asking, not only, Lord, what wilt Thou do for me? but, Lord what will Thou have me to do? B.C. 520

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 7 We have done with the visions, but not with the revelations of this book; the prophet sees no more such signs as he had seen, but still "the word of the Lord came to him." In this chapter we have, I. A case of conscience proposed to the prophet by the children of the captivity concerning fasting, whether they should continue their solemn fasts which they had religiously observed during the seventy years of Continue Reading

Zechariah 6:9-15; The Coronation of Joshua; Prediction of the Messiah; These crowns of silver and gold both signify the royal dignity, the crown of silver being perphaps designed to typify the kingdom of the Messiah when he was here on earth, for then He was the King of Israel (John 1:49), but the crown of gold His kingdom in His exalted state, the glory of which as far exceeded that of the former as gold does silver; The sun shines as gold, when he goes forth in his strength; and the beams of the moon, when she walks in brightness, we call silver beams; Those that worshipped the sun and moon shall now fall down before the golden and silver crowns of the exalted Redeemer, before whom the sun shall be ashamed and the moon confounded being both out-shone. B.C. 520

The Coronation of Joshua; Prediction of the Messiah. B. C. 520. Zechariah 6:9-15 9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,   10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;   11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Continue Reading

Zechariah 6:1-8; The Vision of the Four Chariots; Two Mountains of Brass; Red, Black, White & Grisled and Bay Horses; The Four Spirits of the Heavens; The holy angels are the ministers of God’s providence, and are employed by Him, as the armies of heaven, for the executing of His counsels among the inhabitants of the earth; They are great in power and might, and who, like the horse that God Himself describes (Job 39:19), are clothed with thunder, are terrible, but cannot be terrified nor made afraid, they are the chariots of fire, and horses of fire, to carry one prophet to heaven and guard another on earth. B.C. 520

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 6 The two kingdoms of providence and grace are what we are all very nearly interested in, and therefore are concerned to acquaint ourselves with, all our temporal affairs being in a necessary subjection to divine Providence, and all our spiritual and eternal concerns in a necessary dependence upon divine grace; and these two are represented to us in this chapter--the former by a vision, the latter by a type. Continue Reading

Zechariah 5:5-11; The Vision of the Ephah; The Prophet was contemplating the power and terror of the curse which consumes the houses of thieves and swearers, when he was told to turn and he should see greater desolations than these made by the curse of God for the sin of man; This is designed to show that the wrath of God against impenitent sinners is, Unavoidable, and what they cannot escape; It is insupportable, and what they cannot bear up under; Guilt is upon the sinner as a talent of lead, to sink him to the lowest hell. B.C. 520

The Vision of the Ephah. B. C. 520. Zechariah 5:5-11 5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.   6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.   7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the Continue Reading

Zechariah 5:1-4; The Vision of the Flying Roll; “This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it;” Note, Sin is the ruin of houses and families, especially the sins of injury and perjury; Who knows the power of God’s anger, and the operations of His curse? Even timber and stones have been consumed by them; let us therefore stand in awe and not sin. B.C. 520

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 5 Hitherto we have seen visions of peace only, and all the words we have heard have been good words and comfortable words. But the pillar of cloud and fire has a black and dark side towards the Egyptians, as well as a bright and pleasant side towards Israel; so have Zechariah's visions; for God's prophets are not only his ambassadors, to treat of peace with the sons of peace, but heralds, to proclaim war against Continue Reading

Zechariah 4:11-14; The Vision of the Olive-Trees; “These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth”; From Christ, the olive tree, by the Spirit, the olive branch, all the golden oil of grace is communicated to believers, which keeps their lamps burning, and without a constant supply of which they would soon go out; They stand by the Lord of the whole earth, Who is in a special manner the Church’s Lord; for the Son was to be sent by the Father, and so was the Holy Ghost, in the time appointed, and they stand by Him ready to go. B.C. 520

The Vision of the Olive-Trees. B. C. 520. Zechariah 4:11-14 11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?   12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?   13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? Continue Reading

Zechariah 4:1-10; The Vision of the Golden Candlestick; The Building of the Temple Encouraged; Note, The work of God is often carried on very successfully when yet it is carried on very silently, and without the assistance of human force; the gospel-temple is built, not by might or power (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal), but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, whose work on men’s consciences is mighty to the pulling down of strong-holds; thus the excellency of the power is of God, and not of man; When instruments fail, let us therefore leave it to God to do His work Himself by His own Spirit; Note, In God’s work the day of small things is not to be despised; Though the instruments be weak and unlikely, God often chooses such, by them to bring about great things; As a great mountain becomes a plain before Him when He pleases, so a little stone, cut out of a mountain without hands, comes to fill the earth; Though the beginnings be small, God can make the latter end greatly increase; Let not the dawning of light be despised, for it will shine more and more to the perfect day. B.C. 520

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 4 In this chapter we have another comfortable vision, which, as it was explained to the prophet, had much in it for the encouragement of the people of God in their present straits, which were so great that they thought their case helpless, that their temple could never be rebuilt nor their city replenished; and therefore the scope of the vision is to show that God would, by his own power, perfect the work, Continue Reading

Zechariah 3:8-10; Advent of Christ Predicted; Prediction Relating to Christ; The Messiah shall come; He has long been hid, but the fulness of time is now at hand, when He shall be brought forth into the world; Many eyes shall be upon Him; The eye of His Father was upon Him, to take care of him, and protect Him, especially in His sufferings; when He was buried in the grave, as the foundation-stones are under ground, the eyes of Heaven were still upon Him, buried out of men’s sight, but not out of God’s; By Him sin shall be taken away, both the guilt and the dominion of it. B.C. 520

Advent of Christ Predicted; Prediction Relating to Christ. B. C. 520. Zechariah 3:8-10 8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.   9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I Continue Reading

Zechariah 3:1-7; Joshua resisted and Upheld; Joshua Purified from Pollution; Joshua Reinstalled in His Office; Guilt and curruption are our two great discouragements when we stand before God; Those who walk in God’s ways may be said to walk among the angels themselves, for they do the will of God as the angels do it that are in heaven, and are fellow servants, Rev. 14:10; Heaven is not only a palace, a place to repose in, but a paradise, a garden, a place to walk in; and there are walks among the angels, in society with that holy and glorious company; See Ezek. 28:14. B.C. 520

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 3 The vision in the foregoing chapter gave assurances of the re-establishing of the civil interests of the Jewish nation, the promises of which terminated in Christ. Now the vision in this chapter concerns their church-state, and their ecclesiastical interests, and assures them that they shall be put into a good posture again; and the promises of this also have an eye to Christ, who is not only our prince, but Continue Reading

Zechariah 2:10-13; Zion’s Prosperity Predicted; Here is, Joy proclaimed to the Church of God; God will have a people among them; They will have His presence among them; They shall have all their ancient dignities and privileges restored to them; Here is silence proclaimed to all the world besides; The daughter of Zion must sing, but ALL FLESH must be SILENT; Silenty acquiesce in His holy will, and patiently wait the issue, as those who are assured that when God is ‘raised up out of His holy habitation’ He will not retreat, nor sit down again, till He has accomplished His whole work. B.C. 520

Zion's Prosperity Predicted. B. C. 520. Zechariah 2:10-13 10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.   11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.   12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the Continue Reading