Sermon Series on Zechariah’s Night Visions

 

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 eschato-logical 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.

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 eighth visions. The second sermon in the series was “Divine Courtroom Drama” based on Chapter 3. Below is the list of the eight visions and a sermon schedule:

August 28 Vision 1: The Four Horsemen; Vision 2: The Four Horns; Vision 3: The Man with the Measuring Line; Vision 8: The Four Chariots Chapters 1-2; 6:1-8 “God’s Encouragement in the Midst of Enemies”
September 4 Vision 4: Joshua the High Priest Chapter 3 “Divine Courtroom Drama”
September 11 Vision 5: The Golden Lampstand Chapter 4 “Not by Might, Nor by Power, But by My Spirit”
September 18 (Anniversary Worship Service)
September 25 Vision 6: The Flying Scroll Chapter 5:1-4
October 2 Vision 7: The Woman in a Basket Chapter 5:5-11
October 9 Conclusion: The Crown and the Temple Chapter 6:9-15

 

I’ll be adding the themes on the weeks preceding the sermons.

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