Zechariah 1: 1-4
“In the eight month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechia, son of Iddo, saying, “The LORD was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’”- Zechariah 1: 1-4
Zechariah was another prophet who indicated to the people to return to GOD. The prophets when they were appointed had a difficult set of actions that they needed to take. Like the prophets before them, there was correction and reproofing that did not make many people happy but allowed for the word of GOD to be kept. Zechariah was instructed to speak to the people and tell them that they would still have the ability to be with the LORD if they corrected their ways and changed the way in which they lived.
A loving GOD is able to reproof and correct His children in order to change their evil ways and help them walk in the right path. GOD allowed that through the prophets by issuing individuals that would be able to speak with their native brethren and state the need for change in order to secure salvation or a great life. This all happened through the grace and will of GOD. Zechariah is an example of this loving kindness that GOD gives to those who want to hear His word and follow His path. We are shown how GOD instructs Zechariah to go and say to the people to change their ways.
The specific manner in which it was to be stated was, “Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.” We are given the opportunity to return to the true GOD and follow his path if we choose to truly return to the LORD. He wants to spare individuals from pain and suffering that occur through the evil ways and evil deeds. Through these examples of the prophets, we can see that GOD’s love is great and that He does not want one individual to be lost.