'Zechariah' Tagged Posts

'Zechariah' Tagged Posts

TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!

Calling to mind the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, will go before the Savior to “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous”  (Luke 1:17).  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is nothing left but “complete destruction” for those unprepared for the coming of Christ (Malachi 4:6).  So just what does this mean?  By…

“LOOK! YOUR KING IS COMING!”

We break from our Sunday morning sermon series on Exodus to ponder the fulfillment of what the prophet Zechariah foretold:  “Look! Your King is coming.” Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the applause of the crowds is the starting pistol for what we have come to call Holy Week.  The “Hosannas!” of the crowds are soon followed by the cries of “Crucify Him!” only days later. “Your King is coming!” is the theme of the entire Old Testament…

“TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!”

Echoing the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, will go before the Savior “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to prepare a people who are ready for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 EHV).  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is nothing left but a curse upon those unprepared for the coming of Christ.…

A CHANGE OF WARDROBE

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah, God shows us a vision of the high priest in those days, a man named Joshua (a different man than the one who fought the battle of Jericho). Joshua is a real person.  He is the High Priest of Israel.  He is a priest with an unfinished temple.  When the refugees of Judah returned to the land their fathers and grandfathers called home, the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.  The glorious temple of…

PLACES OF THE HEART

Some places burn themselves into our memories.  Maybe it’s the house we grew up in, or the one where we raised our children.  Maybe it’s the church where the main events of our lives played out. The Mount of Olives must have been just such a place of the heart for Jesus.  Mount Olivet was familiar turf.  The home of Mary and Martha was nearby in the little town of Bethany.  Many think that it was on the slopes of…

“TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!”

Calling to mind the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, “will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous.”  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is nothing left but a curse upon those unprepared for the coming of Christ.   So just what does this mean?  By the preaching of law and gospel, God the Holy…

WHAT IS ZION?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!” said the prophet Zechariah in foretelling Christ’s coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To whom is Zechariah talking?  Maybe you have heard of churches which are named Mount Zion or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A book about the history of one Lutheran Church body years ago was called Zion on the Mississippi. The name Zion occurs 150 times in the Old Testament, especially in the psalms and the prophets. So…

TREES, PLANTS, BRANCHES, ETC.

Back in our seminary days, we often stopped by the seminary book store after lunch.  My first year there, I noticed one of the hundreds of books for sale.  It was entitled:  All The Plants Of The Bible.  My second year it was still sitting there on the shelf. My third year I left to be a vicar. When I returned for my fourth and final year, there it was, gathering dust. “Who in their right mind would buy it?”…