Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. Zechariah was a visionary whose writing was more in the apocalyptic style akin to portions of Daniel and Ezekiel. These highly vivid images portray a future and anticipate the Messiah who is yet to come. Zechariah has two clear sections. The first section is chapter 1 through 8 and is attributed to the prophet who wrote in the late 6th Century BC. Chapters 9 through 14 clearly come from a different and later hand and era.
Zechariah can be outlined as follows:
· Zechariah 1:1-6 Zechariah’s commission
· Zechariah 1:7-6:15 Eight visions and their interpretations
· Zechariah 7:1-8:23 Joy and gladness in the coming age
· Zechariah 9:1-8 The Lord’s attack upon nations
· Zechariah 9:9-16 Judah goes to war
· Zechariah 9:17-10:12 Restoration of Israel
· Zechariah 11:1-3 Short poem threatening destruction
· Zechariah 11:4-14 An allegorical narrative
· Zechariah 12:1-14:21 Jerusalem repents and is delivered by the LORD
Key learning: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem, See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Christians believe this prophecy was fulfilled on Palm Sunday.