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Life-Study of Zechariahby Witness Lee

ISBN: 0-87083-639-0
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LIFE-STUDY OF ZECHARIAH

MESSAGE EIGHT

THE ADVICE TO ISRAEL TO TURN
FROM THE VANITY OF THEIR RITUALISTIC RELIGION
TO THE REALITY OF A GODLY LIFE
AND
THE DESIRE OF JEHOVAH TO RESTORE ISRAEL

Scripture Reading: Zech. 7—8

In this message we will consider Zechariah 7 and 8. These chapters cover the advice to Israel to turn from the vanity of their ritualistic religion (7:3-6; 8:19a) to the reality of a godly life (7:7-14; 8:16-17, 19b) and also the desire of Jehovah to restore Israel (8:2-23).

I. THE ADVICE TO ISRAEL TO TURN
FROM THE VANITY OF THEIR RITUALISTIC RELIGION
TO THE REALITY OF A GODLY LIFE

A. To Turn from the Vanity
of Their Ritualistic Religion

Zechariah 7:3-6 speaks of the vanity of ritualistic religion. In particular, these verses mention weeping and fasting. The people of Israel wept, fasted, and separated themselves in the tenth month to express their grieving for the attacking and besieging of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (Jer. 52:4). The people wept, fasted, and separated themselves in the fourth month to express their grieving for the breaking down of the city of Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:3-4). Israel wept, fasted, and separated themselves in the fifth month to express their grieving for the burning of the temple of God and the city of Jerusalem (Jer. 52:12-13). God's people also wept, fasted, and separated themselves in the seventh month to express their grieving for the murder of Gedaliah (2 Kings 25:22-26).


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