Zechariah 7:1 “…fourth year of King Darius…”
Still under Medo/Persian control so still using their time reference.
3 “…to ask the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts…”
The people send representatives to the temple, which hasn’t been completed yet, to ask if they need to continue the fasting which they have done through the years. They were apparently doing it because they had been told to do so and wanted to know if they should keep it up.
5 “…did you really fast for Me—for Me?”
Apparently they were doing it out of habit and because they thought they had to do it to please God. Not out of a contrite heart with respect for God as a person. God didn’t want them just going through the motions as though He were some animal that needed to be appeased. Many times the scriptures remind us that to obey is better than sacrifice. God wants relationship, not religion.
9 “…Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother”
11-13 “But they refused to heed…just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen…”
God warned them for years that He would send them into exile for their disobedience, but they wouldn’t listen. When He finally did it, they cried out, but it was too late. Jeremiah got a lot of this. He tried to tell the people they had gone beyond God’s mercy in that instance.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.