Reflection on Zechariah 6-1-15

Scripture

“Yes, he will build the Temple of the Lord. He will receive royal honour and will rule as a king from his throne. He will also serve as a priest from his throne, and there will be perfect harmony between his two roles.”

Observation

Zechariah sees four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains. These four chariots are send out to the four corners of the Earth.

The Lord tells Zechariah that he is to meet some people returning from Babylon with silver and gold. He is to take these gifts and have a crown made for Jeshua. Jeshua is the Branch who will branch out from where he is, and he will rebuild the temple. He will be both priest and king, and he will hold these roles in perfect harmony.

Application

The high priest Jeshua is a symbol of the Messiah, called the Branch. He will be recognised as both priest and King over Israel.

It is interesting that the name Joshua (in Hebrew, Yeshua) is the same name that we call Jesus.

Jesus is the true Messiah of which this man Jeshua was a representative.

In Jesus the roles of high priest and King are combined forever. Jesus is an intermediary between sinful people and God the Father. The blood of Christ, rather than the blood of animals, brings forgiveness and reconciliation.

Jesus is also the King above all Kings. He sits on the throne of heaven, and all people and all nations are under his reign – whether they realise it or not.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for saving me. You are my King and my High Priest. Amen

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