Zechariah 1

A prophesy about the forgiveness and return of the Israelites to Jerusalem. God is almost apologetic, that they have been punished for their wickedness more than enough.

A series of visions are relayed by an intermediary angel to Zechariah. God doesn’t speak to him direct. Yes, one thinks of the prophets as powerful voices for god, but we have a closer relationship in some ways: humbling.

Horsemen ride through the world and announce that everyone is at peace except the Israelites, which triggers his mercy.

Horns appear, representing the fierce power of the nations who scattered Israel and destroyed Jerusalem.

Craftsmen appear, to destroy the horns. I found this amusing, and it’s not further elaborated on in chapter 1. Are the horns to be reduced to artisan household items such as bowls and salad servers?

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