We are nearing the end of our study of the Minor Prophets. The last prophet we took a look at was the prophet Haggai. Well, this morning we will be spending our time with Zechariah. Zechariah and Haggai prophesied in Jerusalem during the same period of time. They are both “post-exilic” prophets, their ministry was to the people who had come back home from being exiled in Babylon for some seventy years.
What do we know about the man Zechariah? Well, not much, but we do know that Zechariah could have possibly been born in Babylon, during the time of the exile, because, in Zechariah 2:4, we learn that he was called a “young man.” We also know that Zechariah was the “son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.” (Zechariah 1:1) Zechariah’s dad must have died when he was young because in Nehemiah 12:12-21, where the names of the heads of the priestly families are listed, we find Zechariah’s name listed immediately after his grandfather, Iddo. To further support the theory that Zechariah’s father died when he was young, we read in Ezra 5:1,
1 Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. (Ezra 5:1 NIV)
Zechariah began his ministry in “the eight month of the second year of Darius…” (Zechariah 1:1) That would be about October or November of 520 B.C. Zechariah’s ministry began about 1500 years ago. Read more