Zechariah by Keegan Krell

 Many theologians believe that the prophet Zechariah was born in exile in Babylon. Zechariah and his fellow Jews ultimately return to Jerusalem, but they don’t own their land anymore. However, this newfound authority isn't their biggest problem- God is angry because His people have strayed.

Zechariah’s name means “the Lord remembers.” The overall theme of the book of Zechariah is that the Lord remembers and restores after there is repentance. A well-known verse is when the prophet Zechariah essentially says, “return to the Lord and He will return to you” (Zechariah 1:3). The theme of restoration is so clear throughout Zechariah’s prophecies that other prophets talk about it. The title for the section where the prophet Ezra talks about Zechariah is “Rebuilding Begins Anew” (Ezra 5). God makes his plans for restoration clear to Zechariah.

God wants to rebuild the temple (Zechariah 6) judge Israel’s enemies (Zechariah 9) and witness about the coming Messiah (Zechariah 9,14).

The book of Zechariah has the most messianic prophecies of all of the minor prophet books in the Bible. Zechariah talks about details of Palm Sunday, such as Jesus coming in on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9), Judas’ betrayal of Jesus (Zechariah 11:12-13) and Jesus’ death (Zechariah 12:10).

The message of restoration as a result of repentance is a good reminder, especially the week after Easter. “Return to the Lord and He will return to you.”