Zechariah, Strength


Zechariah 8:9 -13 English Version Translation

Thus says the LORD of Hosts,:” Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the House of the Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before those days there was no wage for any man or wage for any beast, neither was there safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor. But now I will deal with the remnant of this people as in former days, declares the LORD of Hosts.

For there shall be sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. And as for you who have been a byword of cursing among the nations, Oh house of Judah and house of Israel so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”

Who heard what the prophets spoke when the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid?

Who laid this foundation and what is the whole temple built upon? Give Biblical evidence.

What will be the sowing of peace? Is there a sowing of peace in the earth that we dwell in today?

Read Isaiah 9:6 and write what this verse says peace is?

Read Matthew 28 & John 15 and answer the following questions:

Who represents the vine in Zechariah 8:9-13 and John 15?

What is known as the great commission in Matthew 28 and how does it relate to the sowing of peace in the earth today?

What must happen to us in order that we might bear good fruit?

What is the dead weight that you are carrying around with you today that inhibits you from sowing peace in other lives today?

What do you think is represented by the dew of Heaven?

How does it help you grow?

Since the resurrection of Jesus the Christ took place in the earth how has the Lord used you to sow peace in the earth? Within your relationships and within your cities?

In Zechariah 8:9 the Word of God says, Let your hands be strong and again in verse 13 says, Let your hands be strong. Why do you need your hands to be strong?

Read Ephesians 6:10-20

What provides strength in our hands?

The Sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith.

How are you preparing and strengthening your hands?

How will you be a blessing in the earth today?

Think! Reflect! Seek the Lord!!

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Zechariah, Return to Zion


Where will the LORD dwell when HE returns to Zion?

What city will be called the faithful city of truth?

How will the LORD save His people from the east and west country?

Who will the LORD bring to dwell in Jerusalem?

How has the LORD of HOSTS saved you?

Are there things in your own life currently that the LORD has called you to leave but you have refused to do so?

Take some time to seek the LORD and ask HIM how he wants to save and deliver you from the stuff you are refusing to leave.

Think! Reflect! Seek the LORD! Repent!

Zechariah, Jealousy


Fill in the following passage from the Amplified Translation

“Thus says, the LORD of Hosts, “I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy [demanding what is __________________ and ___________________ mine and I am jealous for her with great wrath against her enemies.”

What does is mean to be jealous?

Who are Zion’s enemies?

Who does Zion refer to and what represents Zion today?

Define what the LORD’s great wrath against Zion’s enemies means to you in your own words.

Is Zion’s enemy yours also?

Can you think and describe a time in your own life when the LORD was jealous for you personally?

How has the LORD used circumstances, people and places in your to get your attention to follow HIM because He was jealous for you?

How is the LORD jealous for HIS beloved ZION today?

How does the LORD’s jealousy affect the nations in the earth today?

What are other scriptures that mention the LORD’s Jealousy for His people?

Zechariah, Fasting & Justice


Read Zechariah 7

Why do you think the Jews fast and mourn on the anniversary of the Temple’s destruction?

How many times was the temple destroyed here on earth?

What did the LORD say to to the people and the priests?

Were the Jews really fasting for the LORD?

What does fasting look like in your life and are you lead by the LORD to do it?

Record what the LORD said to Zechariah in verses 8-10.

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List what other scriptures references that refer to this type of instruction to the Jewish nation?

In what ways is the LORD speaking to the Christian Nation in regards to this instruction in Zechariah 8-10.

Are we listening to HIS instructions and responding in obedience both corporately and individually?

Think! Reflect! Seek the LORD!

Zechariah, The Branch


Read Zechariah 6:9-15 in the Message translation

Who are Heldai, Tobiah, Jedaiah?

Whose house were they at?

What did they collect from the exiles from Babylon?

Why did they make crowns for Joshua the High Priest?

Write out verses 12 and 13 from the Message

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Who will build the Temple of God and who will rule as priest?

Why was it important that the offices of king and priest would co-exist?

Why was a second crown made and who was in care of it?

What was the second crown a symbol of and where will it be kept?

Who will pitch in to rebuild the Temple of God?

What does the rebuilding of the Temple signify to the Jewish Nation that who was sent to them?

How does the rebuilding of the Temple relate to you as a follower of Jesus Christ today?

Is Jesus the One who is called the Branch, Why or why not? Give biblical evidence for reasons.

Fill in the blanks for the last verse of chapter 6.

All this ___________ as you put your ___________to a life of responsive ______________ to voice of your God.

How can you live this life today?

Zechariah, Vision 7 & 8


What did the woman in the basket represent?

In what what land was the basket taken to?

Who took the basket?

Why was there a heavy weight on its lid?

Describe in your own words why the basket had a house built for it?

Where do you think this building is located today?

Do you think that it is being worshiped as an idol and in what ways?

Vision 8 is found in Zechariah 6:1-8

What did the four sets of chariots horses represent?

Why was the colors of the horses mentioned?

What were the colors:

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Why were the horses impatient to patrol the earth?

Do we have any idea what the North Country is?

Whose spirit was put to rest?

Zechariah, Vision 6


Read Zechariah 5:1-4 in the New Living Translation and compare with your own.

What does Zechariah see in the passage listed above?

What does the scroll have written on both sides of it?

Side 1

Side 2

According to side 1, what will happen to those who steal?

According to side 2, what will happen to those who swear falsely using the name of the Lord?

Are there any other scriptures that correlate to this vision?

Do a keyword search on either http://www.blueletterbible.org or http://www.biblegateway.com for the following words:

  1. Steal or stealing and how many times does it appear in scripture________.
  2. swear, swearing by the LORD’S name and how many times does it appear in scripture________.

What does the word banish mean to you ?

The Hebrew transliteration of the word is:

Nadach and it is a verb.

What other passages of scripture use the word banish and in what context.

Describe how this curse upon those that steal and swear banished and destroyed whole families. Think in regards to the books of 1st and 2nd Kings and the leaders of Israel and Judah at this time. Then think on how this curse still applies today?