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The Priest with a Crown

Scripture reading for September 30th: Zechariah 5-6

God gave Zechariah a vision of a giant flying scroll.  God told him that this scroll was the curse going out over the land coming against all who were thieves and liars.  This curse would destroy them and their houses.  (Zechariah 5:1-4)  The second vision was of a measuring basket,  full of the iniquity.  When Zechariah looked into the lead-covered basket, he saw a woman whose name was “Wickedness”.  Then two women with wings lifted the basket and carried it to the country of Babylon. (Zechariah 5:6-11)

God’s word contains a list of promised blessings for those who obey God’s law and a list of curses for those who break God’s law. (Deuteronomy 28:1-13) God promised the blessings would run after His people and overtake them if they were obedient and faithful.  The curses would also run after them and overtake them if they were disobedient.  (Deuteronomy 28:15-68)  What Zechariah saw  in his vision of the scroll was the curse coming upon the land and bringing judgment and destruction because of their lying and stealing.

The woman in the basket taken to Babylon was also a reminder to God’s people about the consequences of idolatry!  Babylon, the land of Shinar, was the site of the tower of Babel where idolatry had it’s beginning and God judged the people.  (Genesis 11:1-9)  Babylon was also where God sent His people for seventy years of captivity because of their disobedience.  (Jeremiah 25:11-12) God’s people were called out of Babylon, the home of “wickedness”!  (Jeremiah 51:6) (Revelation 18:4)

God next told Zechariah get some of the silver and gold that had been brought from Babylon by the exiles who had just returned.  He was to have a crown made and was then to set it on the head of Joshua, the high priest.  This word from God was to be spoken: “Here is the man whose name is the 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 and rule on His throne. And He will be a priest on His throne.” (Zechariah 6:12-13a)  This King/Priest is none other than Jesus Christ!  He is the “Branch” of King David who is our High Priest and King forever!  He is the foundation for the true Temple!

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The Crowning of the High Priest!

Scripture reading for September 30th: Zechariah 5-6

Our goal during these devotions on God’s word is to see Jesus Christ in every book of the Bible.  Zechariah, other than Isaiah, has more references to the coming of Jesus and His ministry than any other prophet.  In today’s reading 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’, by the way, and is significant to those aware of numbers in Scripture.  Even the number would be encouraging to those beginning again on the temple!

Zechariah has already mentioned the ‘Branch’ who was symbolized by Joshua, the High Priest.  This ‘Branch’  would come and 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 got to go behind the veil of the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood of a lamb on the mercy seat.  His offering of blood was for the sins of the nation.  (Leviticus 16:15-17)

In today’s reading, Zechariah sees another vision of powerful horses going throughout the earth.  (Zechariah 6:1-6)  One of the horses goes toward the North and brings back a report of rest being brought to God’s Spirit.  Zechariah then is 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 again a picture of Jesus Christ who was and is both priest and king!  He holds both offices without any conflict!  He is our “High Priest” before God, there 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)

We can be encouraged by these ancient visions today because of the revelation of the Holy Spirit through the word of God.  Jesus, our Priest and King, is praying for us today.  He has given us the Holy Spirit and we have overcoming power to share with the lost world the good news of His coming again.  We are watching for His return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  Our faith and faithfulness will crown Him when He comes!  (Revelation 4:9-11)

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