LECTURES O ZECHARIAH 1 THRU 8BY REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.LECTURE I.
ZECH. i. 16." In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of theLord unto Zechariah the son of Barachiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,The Lord hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Therefore say thou untothem, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts,and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. lie ye not as your fathers, untowhom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts,Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did nothear, nor hearken unto me, saith the Lord. Your fathers, where are they? andthe prophets, do they live for ever? But my words, and my statutes, which Icommanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?and they returned and said, Like as the Lord of hosts thought to do unto us,according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us."
EAR the close of the Book of Revelation, and therefore of the whole Book of God, we have the statement " The testi-mony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" The meaningseems to be, that the scheme of redemption, contained in thattestimony, is the great theme of prophecy; that to which,whether more or less directly, the whole relates; its livingsoul; its essential pervading element; bereft of which, itwould lose at once all its zest, all its interest, all its realvalue, leaving nothing behind but what was vapid andworthless. That such should be the case, was what mightreasonably have been anticipated. The fall of man changedentirely the character, and position, and prospects, of therace, and the whole aspect of futurity. The race becameapostate, depraved, outcast, accursed. Then came the firstintimation of the plan of mercy ; which had been previouslyA