Visions and Cracker Jacks
February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020
If you remember in our last blog post, I asked you the question: “What do you know about Zechariah?” And maybe the answer is, “Not much!” Until I started preparing to preach on Zechariah, I don’t know if I could have told you one thing, other than that he was a minor prophet, near the end of the Old Testament.
So what should you know and remember about Zechariah?
Have you ever eaten Cracker Jacks? (Did you know that they don’t come in boxes anymore? But that’s beside the point.) The thing about Cracker Jacks is that you have to go digging for the peanuts. After you eat the sweet popcorn, you need the salty peanuts. Zechariah’s visions are NOT like Cracker Jacks. You don’t have to go digging for them; they’re all over the place! There are 8 main visions in Zechariah.
• The man in the myrtle trees, standing in front of chestnut horses, white horses, and a brown horse. The Angel of the Lord is there among the myrtle trees. (1:7-17)
• The four horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem and the four Craftsmen that will cut off the horns. (1:18-21)
• The Surveyor who takes a measuring line and measures Jerusalem. Why? Because God loves Jerusalem and has plans for His people there. (2:1-13)
• The high priest Joshua who looks like a burning stick snatched from the fire. He symbolizes what has happened to Israel. He is dressed in filthy clothes, but he gets a wardrobe upgrade, with a white turban. We also see the Branch and the stone with 7 eyes (more on those later). (3:1-10)
• A solid gold lampstand with a bowl on the top, with 7 lamps and 7 sprouts and two olive trees (more on this later). (4:1-14)
• A flying scroll 30 feet long and 15 feet wide. (5:1-4)
• A woman in a basket named Wickedness who is flown away by two women with wings like storks. (5:5-11)
• Four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains. The horses are chestnut, black, white and dappled. This is the day of the Lord, a desperate battle for Jerusalem. The Lord will stand on the Mount of Olives, which will split in half and then living water will flow from Jerusalem: half to the Mediterranean Sea; half to the western Sea. (6:1-8)
There are more visions in Zechariah than there are peanuts in Cracker Jacks. You open the book; you’ll see a vision! In the next blog post, we’ll look at one vision and dive into it.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.