Zechariah 1: Some Things Fade
We are now in the next to last book of the Old Testament! How exciting!
Zechariah begins with a very interesting type of thought experiment. He is trying to get the people to turn back to God, and to do that, he shows them how much more resilient the law of God is than the lives of men.
Zec 1:3 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.
Zec 1:4 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.
Zec 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
Zec 1:6 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.
It is interesting to think about this passage because culture is the type of thing that is driven by fads. It seems like just yesterday everyone was making Ice Bucket Challenge videos, but now no one is doing that and everyone is watching a police officer dance to “Shake It off.” In a few weeks, that will be ancient history.
Just like the previous generations that Zechariah refers to, pieces of our culture drop away as well.
However, the words of the prophets that came from God are apparently still relevant. Even though previous generations did not listen to the words, Zechariah is arguing that the people should not be like their parents. They should listen to the words of the prophets.
Around us today, there are plenty of things that drop off. There are things that fade into history, and many of them will never be talked about again. However, there are things that came from God, and they do not have expiration dates. They are the types of things that need to be remembered in all generations.