Daily Scripture Reading December 21st
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
11 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. 3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. 4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD. 5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever? 6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us. 7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. 9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. 10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. 11 And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest. 12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years? 13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words. 14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. 15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. 16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. 17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. 18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. 19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. 20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters. 21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.
Zechariah 1:1-21 KJV
121 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:1-17 KJV
1401 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; 2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. 3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah. 4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. 5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah. 6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. 7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. 8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. 9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. 11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. 13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
Psalms 140:1-13 KJV
3017 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Proverbs 30:17 KJV
WRITER–Zechariah, like Haggai, with whom he labored, was born in
Babylon, and returned with the captives. He was likely both priest and prophet
and began to preach as a young matt. Uninspired records say
that he died a martyr.
DATE–520-518 B. C.
TIMES OF THE PROPHET–The Jews back from exile had given up hope of
rebuilding the temple, when under the preaching of Haggai, two months
before that of Zechariah, a splendid start was made. It was left for
Zechariah to bring the task to completion.
PURPOSE–To assure those who had returned from captivity, that,
although the Promises that their glory should be restored, had not been
fulfilled, yet they would be in the Messianic age.
Vision Intended to Encourage the People.
Zec 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; Zec 6.
After a call to the people to turn from their evil ways and hearken
unto the Lord the prophet then tells of eight symbolical visions which
he had, and which were intended to encourage the Jews in rebuilding the
1. The horsemen among the myrtle trees. Zec 1:7-17. This vision
reveals Israel in dispersion, Jerusalem under foreign rule, but the
nations apparently prosperous and at ease. The Lord points the
people to a time when He shall yet comfort Zion.
2. The four horns and four smiths, Zec 1:18-21. A horn is a
symbol for a Gentile king so this is a vision of the four world
empires: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome, as in Daniel
2:37-44. These nations oppressed Israel, but they shall be
3. The measuring line, Zec 2. This teaches that God will
re-people, protect and dwell in Jerusalem as soon as the sacred
house of worship has been built. The city itself shall expand until
it becomes as great metropolis without walls, for the Lord shall be
as a wall of fire round about it. The promise will be truly
realized in the Kingdom age.
4. Joshua, the High Priest and Satan. Joshua clothed in filthy
garments and bearing the sins of both himself and the people. is
accused by Satan, as was Job, but he, being a type of Christ, is
cleansed, clothed and crowned.
5. The golden candlesticks, Zec 4. With the candlesticks were
seven lamps, and two olive trees were emptying their oil into them.
Throughout the scriptures, oil is used to represent the Holy
Spirit. The teaching is, that just as the oil “was not supplied by
human hands,” so it will “not be by might, nor by power, but by my
Spirit,” that the House shall be built and supplied with spiritual
6. and 7. The flying roll and the woman in the ephah, or seven-gallon
measure. This teaches that when the temple is rebuilt and God’s law
is taught, that wickedness in commerce, typified by a woman in a
measure, shall be carried back to Babylon, the proper home of all
that is wicked.
1. Four war chariots. According to Zec 6:5 these are angels who
have a mission of judgement. The future fulfilment of this as seen
in Re 7:1-3 will be in the period of the Great Tribulation.
These eight visions are followed by a symbolic act. Certain exiles had
come from Babylon and brought with them gold and silver as gifts to the
temple. The prophet is to take this gold and silver to make a crown for
the High Priest Joshua, and show that he was a type of Christ who would
be the spiritual king of the world and the glory of the temple.
LESSON–Pilate fulfilled the words of 6:13 when he led Christ before
the frenzied multitude and cried, “Behold the man.” If the Jews had
known their Bibles, they would have been struck with the fulfilment of
scripture, and would have gladly and not rejected Christ. Then they
pressed a crown of thorns upon His unresisting brow. But when again the
cry shall go forth, “Behold the man!” there will be another and more
glorious temple in Jerusalem, and the long exiled nation will bring its
silver, its gold, and all its glory and lay it at the feet of their
King. Let us pray with new meaning “Thy kingdom come!”