The LORD Comes and Reigns (Zechariah 14)

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Zechariah 14

1. How will God remember Jerusalem? What will the “Day of the LORD” be like?

2. Who will fight against the city? What is the inhabitants’ fate (verses 1, 2, 10, 11)? The attackers’ fate (verses 3 – 5, 12 – 19)?

3. What irony, mercy and justice do you see here?

4. What will mark the advent of the Lord? What “holy ones” will accompany him (verse 5): saints? angels? the fleeing hist coming to recapture their city?

5. Why would Zechariah repeat “on that day” over and over again? What is unique about it?

6. What might the “living water” imply (verse 8; see Psalm 46:4; Jeremiah 2:13; Jeremiah 17:13; Joel 3:18; John 4:11; John 7:38, 39)?

7. Who will join the pilgrimage to worship the one God (verses 9 and 16)? Why is special mention given here to the Feast of Tabernacles (see Leviticus 23:39 – 43; Nehemiah 8:16 – 18)? And to Egypt?

8. How transformed will this new city be (verses 20 and 21)? “Holy to the LORD” is the fulfillment of which intention of God (see Exodus 19:6; Exodus 28:36)? What does it mean that even “cooking pots” will be sacred?

9. How does this vision in verses 9, 16, 20 and 21 compare with Isaiah’s (see Isaiah 2:2 – 4) or Paul’s (see Philippians 2:9 – 11)? What time frame is likely in view here?

10. How will God remember you “on that day”? What promise from God are you counting on? In what area of your life do you need to make special preparations?

11. Are you feeling attacked on every side, like Jerusalem? By what? Are you fleeing or surviving?

12. Through this conflict and the tribulation to come, do you sense God’s love shining through the darkness? Or do you find it hard to believe that there will ever be an evening with only light?

13. Is worship a special part of your day? How so?

14. The High Priest wore an inscription which said: “Holy to the LORD”. Which parts of your life are “Holy to the LORD”?

15. What did you learn from Zechariah? What life-changing application are you making?

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The Shepherd Struck; the Sheep Scattered (Zechariah 13:7 – 9)

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Zechariah 13:7 – 9

1. Have you ever been singled out or summoned to the office of your principal or employer? How did you feel?

2. Which shepherd is slain? The Good Shepherd (chapter 11:4 – 14; chapter 12:10)? Or the foolish one (chapter 11:15 – 17)?

3. What will happen when the shepherd is struck (verse 7b; see Matthew 26:31, 56)?

4. Will all be lost? What will happen to the remnant?

5. How will the “one-third” be refined and tested (verses 8 and 9; see Isaiah 48:10)? With what results on their covenant relationship with God (see also chapter 8:8)?

6. Which “third” do you find yourself in? How does God refine and test your character? What part does your church play in this process?

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Mourning For The One They Pierced; Cleansing From Sin (Zechariah 12:10 – 13:6)

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Zechariah 12:10 – 13:6

1. What sad day do you recall from your childhood? How did that event affect you growing up?

2. If forced to choose between the two, would you rather be a prophet or a farmer? Why?

3. Who’s crying here? Why? How extensively (chapter 12:11; see 2 Chronicles 35:22 – 25)?

4. The word for “stab” (chapter 13:3) is the same in Hebrew as “pierced” (chapter 12:10)? What might that say about the fate of those who killed the Messiah?

5. Why would these prophets prefer to be farmers (verses 4 – 6)?

6. What is the good news in all this (chapter 13:1, 2)?

7. In what ways has a “spirit of grace and supplication” (verse 10) lead to conviction and repentance for you? Your church? Your nation?

8. What false prophets today fit the description here?

9. When asked if you are a Christian, what do you say? How do others know without asking? What masks do you wear to avoid detection? What shameful things in church history and in today’s church have caused you to hide?

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