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.
This past week we read from the book of Zechariah. He was a minor prophet and a contemporary of Context: Let’s take a look at who Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai, and one of the prophets who ministered to the remnant who had returned from captivity in Babylon. Although they were back in Jerusalem rebuilding the temple and the city, they were still bond slaves of Babylon.
Still subject to the Gentile nations around them, without much hope for the future.
It was a discouraging, depressing time, and a spirit of dark pessimism gripped these people.
Let’s take a look at who Zechariah was. Turn to Zechariah 1:1.
The name Zechariah means “God remembers”.
The name Berechiah (his father) means “God blesses”
The name Iddo (his grandfather)means “At the appointed time.” If you string their names together, you can see
“God remembers and blesses as the appointed time.”
Isn’t that amazing? Don’t you love how that works?
I love how God has orchestrated His Word to be personal and majestic all at the same time!
That is the theme of the book of Zechariah.
Zechariah comes to them in the midst of their depression, with this announcement that is even wrapped up in his name and ancestry. In the context of our verse today, we’re looking at a season of new life.
Of renewal, of revival, of regeneration.
The promise of rain given here has a spiritual meaning behind it as well.
The Holy Spirit is spoken of in terms of rain (Isa 32:15; Joel 2:29, Zech 12:10)
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring. Isa 44:3
So too, with the Lord. He’s promised us abundant life. Look back at our verse in Zechariah. Whats the first word? Ask. Ask Him. Come to Him. He’s the only one who can and will give new life.
Romans 8:32 says, “He who spared not His Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, freely give us all things?”
Luke 11:11-13 says, “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”