This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Zechariah 1) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: Zechariah and Haggai are two of the three post-exilic prophets and they prophesied to the same people at the same time. The nation of Judah had come back from Babylon after 70 years of captivity and begun to rebuild the temple. However it is now 16 years later and their zeal for that work has waned. Enter Zechariah to encourage the people to finish the temple and to look forward to the coming of Messiah and the restoration of their nation to greatness. Zechariah was a prophet who often saw visions and prophesied from these visions.
In order to encourage his people, Zechariah spoke for the Lord to the people.
Ask the children…
How did the Lord first encourage His people?
“‘Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I have returned to show mercy to Jerusalem. My Temple will be rebuilt, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and measurements will be taken for the reconstruction of Jerusalem.[” (Zechariah 1:16)
What else did the Lord say to encourage His people?
“‘Say this also: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’” (Zechariah 1:17)
So the Lord used Zechariah as a mouthpiece to remind His people that He was going to assist them in rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem and would even bless the surrounding towns with prosperity. They weren’t doing this on their own, the Lord was in this.
Ask your children if their is some task on their plate that seems too big to handle? A class project, certain chores, an athletic event, a service for the community. Maybe they have been putting it off in favor of doing something they could handle on their own like God’s people did. Now read these words again and insert the name of that project for the words Jerusalem and temple and towns. Remember that the Lord is in this project and be encouraged.
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