In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the
LORD came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of
Iddo, saying, "The LORD was very angry with your fathers. Therefore
say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the
LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. Do
not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out,
'Thus says the LORD of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from
your evil deeds.' But they did not hear or pay attention to me,
declares the LORD. Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets,
do they live forever? But my words and my statutes, which I
commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your
fathers? So they repented and said, 'As the LORD of hosts purposed
to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.'"
Zechariah 1:1-6 (ESV)
Through Zechariah, the LORD
recounts the spiritual history of Judah's forefathers,
exhorting those who had been repatriated to Jerusalem from
Babylonian captivity to full devotion.
Judah's fathers were:
"evil ways and... evil deeds"
"they did not hear or pay attention to me"
"my words and my statutes, which I commanded my
servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers?
So they repented... "
"they... said, 'As the LORD of hosts purposed to
deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with
- but not returned
Judah's fathers fell short
of full repentance, the endpoint of which is returning.
They recanted of their wickedness and received
the LORD's discipline, but they did not return to
Him with their hearts.
"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live
The LORD speaks into our
lives through His Word and those charged to proclaim it --
our "fathers... and the prophets." But these voices do not "live
forever." Today is the day to
return to the LORD.
Working together with him (God),
then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says,
"In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you." (cited from Isaiah 49:8)
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (ESV)
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.