Malachi may be associated with the jackal, which features early in his book, for God had left Edom to jackals, yet now God’s own people were acting like jackals.
In one of the more remarkable moments in the Christian Testament, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and God could not have been more fully present in that amazing moment.
These last three chapters are Second Zechariah’s second oracle, describing the completion of God’s plan from the beginning, from before the creation of the world. When God gave God’s people the seven feasts described in Exodus, they were each prophetic of God’s plan of salvation. So far, four of those feasts have been fulfilled in Christ, and chapters 12-14 reflect the fulfillment to come of the last three feasts.
As Zechariah was gazing on the wreckage of what sin does in people’s lives, the vision changed to a woman in a basket, moving through the sky, over the land.
The angel had freely revealed what the rest of the vision meant. But what of the two trees? That would note be disclosed till the last verse.
Satan twisted the truth to his own ends, and God rebuked him.
Zechariah had now received one of the great Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures.
Zechariah saw a man measuring out Jerusalem, yet the more he measured, the bigger Jerusalem seemed to be. In fact it was going to be so big it would have no walls. But wait! Yes, there would be a wall—Almighty God’s glory would surround God’s people with a wall of fire.
It was evocative imagery, immense and forceful blacksmiths, their hammers raised, mighty opponents to the raw and primitive power of the bulls with their horns.
Zechariah, whose name means “God Remembered,” was probably a teen when he came with that first wave of Jewish exiles.