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 11) 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.
The amount of detail with which God describes the events of the life of Christ boggles the mind.
Ask the children…
How much did Zechariah prophecy would be paid for the life of the Messiah?
“And I said to them, ‘If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.’ So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.” (Zechariah 11:12)
What else did Zechariah prophecy would be done with this money?
“And the Lord said to me, ‘throw it to the potter[a]‘—this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the Lord.” (Zechariah 11:13)
And we know the rest of the story. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus the Messiah for 30 peices of silver and later that same money was used to purchase the potter’s field in order to establish a cemetery for those too poor to buy their own plot of ground. All those years earlier God had given these exact specifics to Zechariah so we would know that all of history is known beforehand by our God and nothing escapes His plan for this world.
Ask your children if they trust God completely with their lives? Would they answer differently if they knew for sure that God had every second of their lives under His control and He promised to make their lives good? Read Romans 8:28 and ask your children in light of the reading in Zechariah and Romans what this means to them?
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