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Sermon Series on Zechariah’s Night Visions

 

UPDATE: Since I never got to post these sermons online, and since almost all our members now were not here when I preached this series, I’m updating the sermons and preaching them again.

Zechariah by Michaelangelo (Sistine Chapel)

Zechariah by Michaelangelo (Sistine Chapel)

On the Lord’s Day, August 28, 2011, I began a short sermon series on the night visions of Zechariah. My purpose in this series is to demonstrate the redemptive-historical preaching of one of the minor prophets. In this project, I’m using mostly Dr. Meredith Kline’s excellent biblical-theological treatment of the visions, Glory in Our Midst (Overland Park, KS: Two Age Press, 2001). Other resources I’m using are Joyce G. Baldwin’s Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1972) and An Introduction to the Old Testament by Tremper Longman III and Raymond Dillard (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994).

In his Preface, Kline writes a short summary of the visions:

We try to grasp the significance of these visions in the light of their identity as part of the overall eschatological drama of the kingdom of God from creation to consummation, that eschatological reality on which they, in turn, are themselves a window…

Featured throughout the night visions is a remarkably rich revelation of the Messiah. Reflecting that, each of our chapters is entitled in terms of the office or redemptive act of Christ that is highlighted in the vision in view. Also conspicuous is the role of the Spirit in relation to the messianic mission, particularly in his identity as the theophanic Glory, the Glory-Spirit. This Glory of the heavenly Presence of the triune God is indeed the dominant reality in Zechariah’s visionary world. And central in the message of the night visions is the gospel promise that this Glory-Presence is vouchsafed to God’s people, at last in eschatological fullness.

Kline’s structure of the book is based on what he sees as formal and thematic parallels in three “hinges” or key passages: 3:1-10; 6:9-15; 11:1-17 1
Zechariah Structure Kline

The first sermon was “God’s Encouragement in the Midst of Enemies” based on Chapters 1 & 2, a study of the first, second, third and seventh visions. The second sermon in the series was “Divine Courtroom Drama” based on Chapter 3, and focusing on the Messiah removing his people’s sin. Below is the list of the seven visions and a sermon schedule:

Aug 28, 2011; Mar 8, 2015 Vision 1: The Four Horsemen; Vision 2: The Four Horns; Vision 3: The Man with the Measuring Line; Vision 7: The Four Chariots Chapters 1-2; 6:1-8 “The LORD Encourages His People in the Midst of Enemies”
Sep 4, 2011; Mar 15, 2015 Vision 4: Re-Clothing of Joshua the High Priest Chapter 3 “Divine Courtroom Drama”
Sep 11, 2011; Mar 22, 2015 Vision 5: The Golden Lampstand Chapter 4 “Not by Might, Nor by Power, But by My Spirit”
Oct 9, 2011; Apr 12, 2015 Vision 6: The Flying Scroll and The Woman in a Basket Chapter 5 “Wickedness in God’s House”
Oct 16, 2011; Apr 19, 2015 Conclusion: The Crown and the Temple 6:9-15 The Coronation of the Priest-King

 


Notes:

  1. Meredith G. Kline, “The Structure of the Book of Zechariah,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 34/2 (June 1991), 179-93.

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