Zechariah 1:1–6 (NKJV)
1:1 In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 2 “The Lord has been very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. 4 “Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.” ’ But they did not hear nor heed Me,” says the Lord.
The opening words of the prophecy through Zechariah share the words of the Lord warning the children of the dispersion not to repeat the sins of their fathers. His anger toward the fathers was due to their disobedience and rebellion. He now gives the children, scattered among the nations, an opportunity to repent from their evil deeds and ways and turn to Him.
5 “Your fathers, where are they?
And the prophets, do they live forever?
6 Yet surely My words and My statutes,
Which I commanded My servants the prophets,
Did they not overtake your fathers?
“So they returned and said:
‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us,
According to our ways and according to our deeds,
So He has dealt with us.’ ” ’ ”
The prophecy then asks a question concerning the end of the fathers and former prophets. “Where are they now? Do they live forever?” The only thing sure and lasting is the word of the Lord. The fathers returned to God and admitted that their punishment and exile were a direct results of their ways and deeds. God is justified in all that He does. Be sure to obey His commandments. Walk as He instructs you to walk. Don’t be like your daddy, be like your Father. The Heavenly Father is the proper example and Lord, even if your earthly Dad is not. Choose the right leader!