The crowning of the high priest!
Scripture reading for September 28th: Zechariah 5-6
Our goal as we read the Bible should be to see Jesus Christ in every book. Zechariah, other than Isaiah, has more references to the coming of Jesus and His ministry than any other prophet. Today we have more of the eight visions that God gave Zechariah to encourage the workers who were rebuilding the temple and city of Jerusalem. Eight is the number of ‘new beginnings’ and these visions encouraged those working on the temple.
Zechariah had already mentioned the ‘Branch’ who was symbolized by Joshua, the High Priest. This ‘Branch’ would be fully obedient to God and take away the sins of the nation in a single day. (Zechariah 3:8-9) The High Priest symbolically did this on the Day of Atonement each year. He went behind the veil of the Holy of Holies and sprinkled the blood of a lamb on the mercy seat. His offering of blood was for the sins of the nation. (Leviticus 16:15-17)
Zechariah saw another vision of powerful horses going throughout the earth. (Zechariah 6:1-6) One of the horses went toward the North and brought back a report of rest. Zechariah was told to take silver and gold from the returned exiles, make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the High Priest. He was to say to him: “Here is the man whose name is ‘Branch’, and He will branch out from His place and build the temple of the Lord. It is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He will be clothed with majesty and will sit on His throne. And He will be a priest on His throne and there will be harmony between the two.” (Zechariah 6:12-13)
As we reflect on this vision in light of the life and current ministry of Jesus Christ, we see that the ‘Branch’ is a picture of Jesus Christ who is both priest and king! He is our “High Priest” before God, interceding for us. (Romans 8:34) He is the “King of Kings” who is coming in power to claim His bride, the church, and punish His enemies. (Revelation 19:11-16) Jesus, our Priest and King, is praying for us today. We are watching for His return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! The saints will crown Him when He comes! (Revelation 4:9-11)