Tag: Zechariah

  • October 20 – Jesus is Born

    Reading Luke 1:5-80 Matt. 1:18-25a Luke 2:1-38 Devotional Finally, after almost 10 months of daily reading, we reach the second most important event in human history—Jesus is born! (The most important event would be Jesus’ death, of course.) Let’s recap the major events of today’s reading. After 400 years of silence, GOD sends a message…

  • October 2 – Zechariah’s Final Vision

    Reading Zech. 9:1-14:21 Devotional Some unknown years later, Zechariah receives one final vision from GOD. This vision refers in part to Jesus and to the eventual destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. For today’s devotional, we want to focus on the new details that GOD reveals regarding future events from Jesus’ life. Jesus is referred to…

  • September 28 – What GOD Wants

    Reading Zech. 7:1-8:23 Ezra 6:14-22 Devotional In today’s reading, the people of Bethel went to the priests to ask the LORD whether they should continue mourning and fasting at a specific time each year, as their custom had been. The LORD spoke to Zechariah and His reply is the basis for today’s devotional. 4 Then…

  • September 27 – Zechariah’s Eight Visions

    Reading Zech. 1:7-6:15 Devotional Two months after Haggai’s last prophecy, Zechariah is shown eight visions in a row concerning future events. These visions are similar in nature to those seen by Ezekiel and Daniel in recent years. The consistent message in these visions is assurance from GOD. In the first vision, GOD is assuring Zechariah…

  • September 26 – Preaching of Haggai and Zechariah

    Reading Hag. 1:1-15; 2:1-9 Zech. 1:1-6 Hag. 2:10-23 Devotional The prophets Haggai and Zechariah received important messages from GOD which they declared to the Israelites in 520 B.C. First, GOD tells Haggai to rebuke the people for focusing so heavily on their own houses that they had neglected rebuilding GOD’s house. He tells them this…

  • September 25 – Temple Construction Opposed

    Reading Ezra 4:6-6:13 Devotional From 536 to 522 B.C., construction of the temple was stopped. This happened for at least three reasons. First, the governing officials of Persia objected to Darius king of Persia. They wrote to Darius that they were afraid that if the walls and temple of Jerusalem were rebuilt, the people would…

  • June 22 – The Sins Keep Piling Up for Judah, Israel

    Reading Amos 7:10-17 2 Kings 14:28-29; 15:8-18 2 Chron. 26:16-21 Devotional As Amos concluded his prophecy against the nations and, in particular, against Israel, the idolatrous priest Amaziah went to Jeroboam II, king of Israel and accused Amos of raising a conspiracy against him. Amaziah rebuked Amos and told him to go back to Judah,…

  • June 14 – Joash Abandons GOD

    Reading 2 Chron. 24:3 2 Kings 12:4-5; 2 Chron. 24:4-5 2 Kings 10:32-35a, 36; 35b; 13:1-2; 12:6-16 2 Chron. 24:6-22 2 Kings 13:3-4, 7 2 Chron. 24:23-24 2 Kings 12:17-18; 13:8-11, 14-20a; 12:20-21a, 19 2 Chron. 24:25-27a Devotional Joash decided to restore the temple of GOD. He instructed the Levites to take up a collection from among the…