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Good and Comfortable Words (Daily Portion 10127)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Zechariah 1:12-21

After seventy years of judgment on Israel, God is ready to speak good and comfortable words to the nation. The horns that have scattered them will soon be cut off.

What Does It Say?

  1. The Lord answered the angel with _________ words and _______________ words.
  2. The Lord has returned to Jerusalem with ____________ and His __________ shall be built in it.
  3. The “LORD shall yet __________ Zion, and shall yet ___________ Jerusalem.”
  4. Zechariah lifted up his eyes and saw four __________.
  5.  Afterwards, the Lord showed Zechariah four _____________.

What Does It Mean?

  1. A single score equals twenty .  How many years in “threescore and ten?”  Read 2 Chronicles 36:19-21; Jeremiah 25:11-12; Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:2.  What happened during these threescore and ten years?  What is now happening at the end of this period of time?
  2. Read verses 18-19.  What do the four horns represent?  Why do you think there are four of them?
  3. What do the four carpenters do with the four horns (v.20-21)?  What does this signify?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. The Lord says, “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy” (v.14).  Jealousy is often considered a bad trait. What do we usually mean when we say someone is jealous?  In what way is God jealous of His people?  Are there ways in which it is good to be jealous?  Explain. Look up the word in a dictionary and see how this compares with your answers.
  2. God is sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease (v.15).  In another time, Amos complained about those who were “at ease in Zion” (6:1), who would “lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches” (6:4).  Isaiah identifies women at ease as careless ones (32:11).  Another interesting verse to read is Jeremiah 48:11.  What is God talking about with these accusations?  What is it that displeases Him?  How are people guilty of being at ease today?  What should we avoid in our own lives?
David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:15

There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.