Zechariah 10:1

WEEK 34: Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

 

Zechariah means “Remembered of the Lord” and like Haggai he appears to have been among the captives who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel. He was a co-labourer with Haggai, beginning his work two months later and continuing into the second year following him. The conditions of the times were the same as those described in Haggai.

Zechariah’s prophecy was the same purpose is as Haggai. The first eight chapters is that of the rebuilding of the temple while the remaining chapters, 9-14, are thought to have been written thirty years later. The Book of Zechariah can be divided into two parts. (1) The symbolic character of its visions. (2) The richness of his Messianic predictions found in the second part.

“Ask ye of the Lord rain”. The verse preceding this reads:

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty? Corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

In light of the promised blessings – the prophet encourages the people to request these blessings from the Lord, with confidence. There will be literal rain and spring rain (April/May), in the kingdom, making the land flourish. The promise here appears to refer to spiritual blessings as recorded in Hosea 6:1-3.

The spring rain of spiritual grace and goodness from God will bring refreshment to people’s souls.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring.

The latter rain is the spring rain of late April or early May.

Deuteronomy 11:13-14 13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. 14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

This has a double meaning. In the physical, they should pray and ask God for the rain the last time before the crop matures. This rain would provide an abundant crop.

To Israel, rain in due season so that the land should yield her increase, was promised as a direct reward of national obedience.

The other meaning is the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh. It is the latter rain, because the Day of Pentecost was the former rain.

As a message to us which is a symbol of spiritual gifts and blessings, consider the scripture that tells us “Ask and ye shall receive” (Matthew 7:7).

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