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 5, 6) 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.
God often spoke to Zechariah in visions. Let’s see what kind of visions those were.
Ask the children…
What were the visions that God gave to Zechariah in order to instruct the people?
“I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.” (Zechariah 5:1)
“Then I looked up again and saw four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains. 2 The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses, 3 the third by white horses, and the fourth by powerful dappled-gray horses.” (Zechariah 6:1)
The Lord has a mulitude of ways that He can speak to us. In this case He chose to speak to Zechariah through visions. He also speaks from His word, dreams, impressions, other people, etc. God will clearly communicate what we need to know and provide the understanding we need to move forward to build His kingdom.
Ask your children how God speaks to them? Spend some time discussing the last time they heard from God. Discuss how God spoke and how they responded. Pray and ask God to give you eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to obey.
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