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Sermons on Zechariah: Came the Word of the LORD

With this message we begin a new series on the prophecy of Zechariah. Zechariah is one of the so-called "Twelve Minor Prophets," which are found collected together at the end of our Old Testament. The reason these prophets are called "minor" is due to the relative brevity of their books, when compared with the much larger works of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. These prophets are minor in size; they most definitely are not minor in significance.

It is unfortunate that so few Christians today are familiar with either the minor prophets in particular or even the Old Testament (beyond Genesis) in general. Does not the New Testament often draw before us from the Old Testament negative examples for warning and positive illustrations for exhortation? Does not Zechariah himself emphasize 36 times in his book that his writing comes with a "Thus saith the Lord"? Should modern translations paraphrase 2 Timothy 3:16 to say: "All Scripture is inspired of God and is profitable -- except for the Old Testament"? Then how is it that modern evangelicals are so unfamiliar with the Old Testament, which contains 70% of all the words in Scripture?