The opening of Zechariah is compelling, particularly Zechariah 1:4. It was a timely message. It was divinely delivered as the Hebrew people were continuing to resettle in Jerusalem. The foundation of the temple was restored, but work on the temple had been momentarily stopped. This was a spiritual crossroads moment for the people of God. The world around them was discouraging the construction effort, and many Jewish people were afraid to see this project through. Choosing not to rebuild the temple would have been tantamount to not trusting the Lord, or desiring to worship Him. And it was during this conflict that Zechariah 1:4 was provided to the Hebrew community.
Here is the significance, and application, of Zechariah 1:4: every generation has a choice. Either we can do good, as directed by the Lord. Or we can do evil, thereby ignoring the sacred precepts. We cannot lay any blame for our actions on previous generations. The way that we live, and behave, is entirely of our own volition. Yes, we have all been affected directly, or indirectly, by our past experiences. But, when all is said and done, the inclination to exercise nobility, or exercise carnality, rests within us. So may we come to God and walk in the light, not the dark. Let us glorify the Lord in our lifetime.
Zechariah 1:4 “’Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.” But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord.’” (NIV)