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Lectures on Zechariah 1 Thru 8

Lectures on Zechariah 1 Thru 8

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effected, " the white go out after them : " * there is peace, a
season of tranquillity ; and there is, to Israel, triumphant
gratitude and gladness. Then "the bay" the piebald 'or
dappled " went forth, and sought to go that they might walk
to and fro through the earth : and he said, Get you hence, walk
to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro
through the earth." By " the earth" we should here, I think,
understand the land; meaning, of course, the land of Judea
Palestine. Their "seeking to go" intimates the eagerness
of the charioteer, or guiding angel, and of the horses under
his guidance, to get permission to do what could be done for
the holy land. But they must wait orders. The orders are

given; and they are obeyed. Their "walking to and fro,"
or up and down, " in the land," signifies a mixed state of
affairs in the territory of Israel for a considerable period :
that, while not free from annoyances and troubles, the peo-
ple were to enjoy a period of repose and of comparative pros-
perity. And such was their actual condition. Though
harassed by Sanballat, and other chiefs of the Samaritans,
and the neighbours who joined with these piqued and jea-
lous enemies, the appointment of ehemiah as their gover-
nor, along with other advantages, the fruit of divine favour
putting it into the hearts of their deliverers to befriend them,
was their introduction to much of restored spiritual privi-
lege, and to comparative temporal tranquillity and happiness.
The entire vision was thus designed to teach a great gen-
eral lesson the lesson of the universal supremacy and super-
intendence of "the God of Israel" over all the agencies of
nature, and all the varying movements of progress or retro-

* The phrase "after them," or behind them, is considered, how-
ever, by an eminent critic as meaning, geographically, to the west of
them; the preposition to being used as in the first and last clauses of
the verse; and is interpreted as referring to the successes of Darius in
Greece, previous to the battle of Marathon. And "the grisled" dap-
pled piebald horses going toward the south, (by which is specially
signified in Scripture, Egypt, with other countries lying in the same
direction in relation to Judea,) is to be understood as signifying the
blending in those regions of prosperity and adversity, of peace and
war, and the alternate consequences of each. [The reference is to
the view of Dr. Henderson. ED.]


gression, of prosperity and adversity, of peace and war, amongst
the nations; and to teach it with a special application to
themselves, as His chosen people, and to those adjoining or
more distant countries by which their condition had been,
or might hereafter be, beneficially or injuriously affected. It
called upon them to put their trust in the wisdom, power,

and love of their own Jehovah, the Governor among the
nations: in one word, to "have faith in God." Let us
learn the lesson. Amidst all the convulsions and revolutions
that are agitating Europe, let us not only acknowledge, but
rejoice in, the supremacy of the infinitely wise, and good,
and mighty. All "the winds" are His. He "holds them
in his fist." The zephyr and the hurricane are alike his
agents. All influences in every department of creation,
and in the hearts and wills, the words and actions, of men
of every kindred and tongue and people and nation, are
under his absolute control. " one can stay his hand, or
say unto him, What doest thou]" Let us trust in Him,
own Him, pray to Him, deprecating, on behalf of our
country and of our guilty world, merited wrath, and im-
ploring, especially, that all events may result in glory to His

Verses 9 15. "And the word of the LORD came unto
me, saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of
Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and
come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the
son of Zephaniah; then take silver and gold, and make
crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of
Josedech, the high priest ; and speak unto him, saying, Thus
speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose
name is The BRA CH; and he shall grow up out of his
place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD : even he
shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the
glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall
be a priest upon his throne : and the counsel of peace shall
be between them both. And the crowns shall be to Helem,
and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Ze-
phaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD. And

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