Prophets are, after all, human beings. It is not the person who carries the force of conviction, according to Meyer, but the word of God. Meyer encourages the reader to pay greater attention to God's "invitations, warnings, threatenings and promises" (Meyer 16), as the Jews did to the words of Zechariah.
Following the biographical information and the discussion of Zechariah's major themes of repentance and hope, Meyer discusses the first of Zechariah's eight visions. Zechariah sees a valley of myrtle into which rides a man on a red horse. Meyer draws a parallel between the unassuming appearance of myrtle and "many believers who are as the myrtle. Their heart is not haughty nor their eyes lofty" (Meyer 18). Meyer interprets the man on the red horse to be a Christophany: an appearance of "the Angel of the Covenant, our blessed Lord Himself" (Meyer 21). Other horsemen appear and deliver news about the world to the rider. After receiving news of peace, the rider becomes intercessor for those who had been brought back out of captivity. Meyer draws his analysis to a close by asking the reader a question: "Are you desolate through the pressure of long continued sorrow? . . . What was once a busy scene of active service is a waste; your home is desolate, your heart sad? Be of good cheer! There is One that ever liveth to intercede" (Meyer 23).
The second vision is of four horns, which for Meyer represents the "pride and power of the ravager and oppressor of the flock." These horns represent the powers that work against God's plans. Meyer compares the horns to problems the Christian church faces today: "If we were asked to name the four horns that ravage the church today, we . . . say that they are priestcraft, worldliness, Christian Science and Spiritualism" (Meyer 26).
Zechariah also sees four carpenters, who are to vanquish God's enemies. Meyer concludes his discussion of this vision with an appeal to believers to trust that G...
F.B. Meyer's Commentary on Zechariah. (1969, December 31). In LotsofEssays.com. Retrieved 04:27, May 22, 2015, from http://www.collegetermpapers.com/viewpaper/1303365036.html