Obedience Better than Fasting
Zechariah 7:1 Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev,
Zechariah 7:2 when the people (Lit. they,) sent Sherezer (Or Sar-Ezer), with Regem-Melech and his men, to the house of God (Heb. Bethel), to pray (Or to entreat the favor of) before the Lord,
Zechariah 7:3 and to ask the priests who were in the house of the Lord of hosts, and the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month and fast (Lit. consecrate myself) as I have done for so many years?”
Zechariah 7:4 Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 5 “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me? 6 When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?
Zechariah 7:7 Should you not have obeyed the words which the Lord proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and the South (Heb. Negev) and the Lowland were inhabited?’ ”
Disobedience Resulted in Captivity