The Opening Up Commentary Collection offers accessible and easy-to-read introductions to the books of the Bible. The commentaries tackle the key issues in each book by introducing the history and context and by giving an overview of important themes and events. The authors wrestle with the hard questions and navigate through the difficult issues, with a keen eye toward application and relevance for today.
The Jewish people had been called by God to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after their years of captivity in Babylon. After starting well, they laid the work aside. But then they heard a voice that emphasized the sufficiency of God for His people. That voice, belonging to Zechariah, was never more encouraging and stimulating than when it proclaimed the coming Christ and the glories awaiting those who trust him. Zechariah’s prophecy still speaks today with power to those who are deeply discouraged and sorely distressed. Its message of Christ medicates every ill and lifts every heart.
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In this simple little book, Roger Ellsworth has once again put Christians in his debt. He gives a clear explanation of Zechariah’s often obscure and strange message, setting it in the original context and in the full tapestry of redemption, with central reference to the person and work of Christ. Everything is there in seed, and this book proves to be a useful tool to help Christians become familiar with this prophet and with the message of the Bible. It is also a solid stepping stone towards more detailed books for those who have been called to instruct the people of God. Thoroughly reliable, refreshing and uplifting!
—Jean-Claude Souillot, Managing Director, Europresse
Roger Ellsworth’s books are always clearly written and interesting to read, Opening up Zechariah is no exception. We ought to read Zechariah because this "prophecy includes more promises of Messiah than any other book except Isaiah." Ellsworth explains how prophecy can relate to current or future events but ultimately directs us to Jesus Christ. Ellsworth’s focus is not on divisive prophetic speculation (eg. the Millennium and Armageddon) but on Christ. I’ve enjoyed reading this book, especially the chapter on the fountain of Christ’s blood opened for sin.
—Stan K. Evers, Editor, Grace Magazine
This book really does open up Zechariah. Preachers will find it helpful with message preparation, even though it is not a verse-by-verse commentary. All believers could use it with profit as part of their daily devotions. Roger Ellsworth’s books are always interesting. This book is no exception.
—The Good Bookstall