In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the
LORD came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of
Iddo... Zechariah 1:1 (NIV)
The opening of this Old Testament
book identifies the time "the word of the LORD came to
the prophet Zechariah." Compared to the
introduction of Haggai, it is apparent that these two prophets
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day
of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came through the
prophet Haggai... Haggai
But even if they knew each other and shared
the word of the LORD that came to them, they had different
- Haggai preached about
restoring the house of God
Each man had received a specific word
from the LORD, a unique ministry.
- Zechariah preached about restoring the holiness of
And so it is with all those who proclaim the word of the
Yes, I must know and declare "the whole counsel
of God" (Acts 20:27 NKJV) as revealed in
Scripture, and show myself "as one approved, a
workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly
handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15b NIV).
But the Spirit of God has personally instructed me and
prepared me for ministry. Though the Word stands eternal and
unchanged by human interpretation (or misinterpretation), yet
I have a singular life message for which the LORD has shaped
me from before the foundation of the world.
I must not, therefore, covet the ministry of another of His
For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I
follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants,
through whom you came to believeâ€"as the Lord has assigned to
each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God
made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is
anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who
plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be
rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow
workers; you are God's field, God's building.
1 Corinthians 3:4-9 (NIV)
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.