PODCAST: The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #800: Zechariah 1:7-8 with Daniel Whyte III

This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #800 where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Zechariah 1:7-8.

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.

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That was Zechariah 1:7-8. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

The prophet saw a dark, shady grove, hidden by hills. This represented the low, melancholy condition of the Jewish church. A man like a warrior sat on a red horse, in the midst of this shady myrtle-grove. Though the church was in a low condition, Christ was present in the midst, ready to appear for the relief of his people. Behind him were angels ready to be employed by him, some in acts of judgment, others of mercy, others in mixed events. Would we know something of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, we must apply, not to angels, for they are themselves learners, but to Christ himself. He is ready to teach those humbly desirous to learn the things of God. The nations near Judea enjoyed peace at that time, but the state of the Jews was unsettled, which gave rise to the pleading that followed; but mercy must only be hoped for through Christ. His intercession for his church prevails. The Lord answered the Angel, this Angel of the covenant, with promises of mercy and deliverance. All the good words and comfortable words of the gospel we receive from Jesus Christ, as he received them from the Father, in answer to the prayer of his blood; and his ministers are to preach them to all the world. The earth sat still, and was at rest. It is not uncommon for the enemies of God to be at rest in sin, while his people are enduring correction, harassed by temptation, disquieted by fears of wrath, or groaning under oppression and persecution. Here are predictions which had reference to the revival of the Jews after the captivity, but those events were shadows of what shall take place in the church, after the oppression of the New Testament Babylon is ended.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

In a single night Zechariah saw a series of eight visions which were interpreted by an angel and which described the future of the nation Israel. God’s program of spiritual blessing set forth in the visions bridges the centuries from the rebuilding of the temple in Zechariah’s day to the restoration of the kingdom to Israel under the Messiah (still future in Acts 1:6, to be fulfilled at Christ’s Second Advent). Joyce Baldwin has correctly observed a “standard pattern” in the record of Zechariah’s visions: (a) introductory words, (b) a description of the things seen, (c) a question by Zechariah to the angel for the meaning, and (d) the explanation by the angel. She also notes that four of the visions are accompanied by summarizing oracles which usually follow the vision, except for one oracle within a vision. This vision established the general theme of hope for dispersed and downtrodden Israel. Gentile oppression was offset by comforting promises of divine blessing. The day the visions came was the 24th day of the 11th (Jewish) month of Darius’ second regnal year (February 15, 519 b.c.). Shebat was the Babylonian name of the 11th month, adopted by the Jews after the Exile. This date was five months after the building of the temple was resumed, three months after Zechariah’s first prophecy, and two months after Haggai’s last prophecy (a prophecy regarding the destruction of world powers before the millennial rule of the Messiah. The source of Zechariah’s visions is clearly denoted by the clause the Word of the Lord came, a kind of prophetic “formula” indicating divine revelation. The visions, with partial interpretations, were seen in the spirit, had the significance of verbal revelation, and were supplemented by additional words of God. The words I had a vision (“I saw” in the KJV) denote the means by which divine revelation was conveyed to Zechariah. The expression does not refer to a dream, much less to a mere literary form. Zechariah was awake, as is apparent from his questions and interruptions. The vision included three things: (a) a description of what Zechariah saw, (b) an explanation of the same, and (c) intercession by the Angel of the Lord. Throughout the vision the primary focus on the man riding a red horse suggests that he was the leader of the horsemen. He was standing (astride his horse) as though stationed to await the report of his reconnaissance patrol. He is identified in verse 11 as “the Angel of the Lord.” This Messenger was located among the myrtle trees in a ravine, possibly in the Kidron Valley east or southeast of Jerusalem where these fragrant evergreen shrubs were probably abundant. Riders sat on the horses behind him, but the more important fact here is the colors of the horses: red (bay or reddish brown), brown (sorrel), and white. The significance of the colors is not stated, and this is complicated by the fact that the Hebrew word translated “brown” (niv) or “speckled” (kjv) is found only here in the Old Testament, so that its meaning is not sure.

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First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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