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Sermons on Zechariah: Blessing and Righteousness

In this message we will cover the same verses as in our last. But this time we will do so more interpretively rather than purely applicationally. Our concern here is with what this passage specifically meant to its original audience rather than what principles from it may we apply to our lives. Although, of course, there will be principles drawn from it for today.

In the preceding chapter God had rebuked Judah for empty formalism in worship. Now He turns to cheer them by the prospective of conformity to His will. Over and over again He reminds this remnant of people of their future prospects based on exactly who he is: (1) He is the ever living "LORD" who speaks (Zech. 8:1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 17). The name 'Jehovah," translated "LORD" is from Exodus 3:14 and means "I am that I am." That is, He always is and He exists of His will. (2) Furthermore, He is the "LORD of hosts" (Zech. 8:1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14). That is, He controls the millions of mighty angels, who are His servants.