Zechariah (1)

“I Will Bring My Servant the Branch”: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah 3

In accordance with the word of the LORD, Israel experienced exile in the land of Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:11; cf. Zech 1:12). In the first year of the Persian king, Cyrus (539-538 BC), a decree was issued allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:1-4).[1] In 536 B.C., under the supervision of Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest, construction of the temple began with the laying of the foundation.[2] Opposition arising from the inhabitants of the land soon caused construction to cease and “discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and [they] bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose” (Ezra 4:4-5; cf. 4:1-24). It was in this context that… [more]