Zechariah chapter 6

In verses 1-8 of this chapter, we see a reference to coloured horses which reminds us somewhat of chapter 1 and the reference to horses there. However, these horses are drawing chariots and are referred to by the angel speaking to Zechariah as 'the four spirits of heaven' and that they were sent throughout the earth. It calls to mind a picture in Job 1:6-7 where God asks satan where he had been and he answers: “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” It is good to know that the forces of Heaven are also on patrol.

We looked at the following references regarding these four 'spirits of heaven'. These references indicate that the four 'Spirits' or 'winds' are at God's command to carry out His purposes on earth:

Revelation 6:2-8 “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.”

Jeremiah 49:36 “I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam’s exiles do not go.”

Daniel 7:2 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.”

Revelation 7:1-3 “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: ‘Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.'”

Zechariah 6:9-15 describes an interesting occurrence. Zechariah is told to take the gifts of gold and silver brought by the recent arrivals from Babylon and make a crown and place it on the head of Joshua the high priest. Now we know that throughout the history of Israel the prophets are given the task by God to anoint or crown the kings. However, this is the first instance where a prophet is instructed to crown the high priest as king and in the next verse we see the explanation. Both roles of priest and king are now bestowed upon the one called the Branch – and as we have seen earlier in Zechariah, this is a clear reference to Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that in the original Hebrew verse 12 reads “Behold the man...” This reminds us of Pilate’s statement in John 19:5 concerning Jesus: “Behold the man!”

It is even more interesting to read of another priest in history who was both priest and king and who foreshadowed Jesus Christ. We read about him:

Hebrews 7: 1-3 “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”
and also verses 11-22: “If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?  For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek’ [Psalm 110]. The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: 'The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever.”' Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.”

Note especially that the priesthood of Christ is not based on genealogy but on the basis of an indestructible life. (Pause and think about that).

It is also made clear in Zechariah 6:13 that Christ himself will build the temple. We bear this in mind as we read in the following references:

Acts 7:48-50 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?’”

1 Peter 2:5 “…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'”

Matthew 16:18-19 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.”

Clearly it is God who builds His Church. It is not built by human hands. This truth flies in the face of the modern church and its preoccupation with new schemes and clever marketing and management techniques borrowed from the world, to make their churches “grow”. Sadly, all it produces are organisations devoid of the presence and power of the living Christ.

Dear Lord, build Your Church to the praise of Your glory. Amen.