Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | January 14, 2010

A Taste of the Minor Prophets — Zechariah

These prophets we’ve been highlighting this year are called “minor” prophets.  And sometimes they’re treated that way.  We don’t hear from them frequently in the three-year lectionary.  Out of 195 Old Testament lessons appointed, just 23 come from these twelve books (11.8%; just to compare, there are 26 lessons from Isaiah in year A alone!).

That can lead to a lack of awareness about these books – “Zecha-who?”  It can make them daunting to read, as we don’t often hear from them.   It can promote the idea that they aren’t important, or worse, they have nothing to tell us about Jesus.  Hopefully, these little notes over the last year have helped remind you about these valuable books and shown you what they have to say about Jesus.

This month’s minor prophet is no different.  We don’t hear from Zechariah too often, in fact, really, only once – Palm Sunday.  He is tough to read, as his book is a serious of postexilic visions, a sort of Old Testament revelation.  But if we only read Zechariah 9:9-10, we’re missing out on the major messages of this minor prophet.   Take a few moments this week and check out these nine highlights from Zechariah:

1.  Zechariah 2:10-12: “The LORD Comes to Live with Sinners”

2.  Zechariah 6:9-13: “Joshua is Jesus”

3.  Zechariah 9:9-13: “The King Enters”

4.  Zechariah 11:7-16: “The Shepherd Betrayed”

5.  Zechariah 13:7-9: “The Flock Scattered”

6. Zechariah 3:1-10: “Sin Removed in a Single Day”

7. Zechariah 13:1-6: “The True Fountain Filled with Blood”

8.  Zechariah 12:10-14 – “Weeping and Mourning over the Pierced One”

9.  Zechariah 14:3-9 – “The LORD Rules!”

 

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