Bible Study Notes on Zechariah 6 – 20170915

Bible Study Notes

Zechariah 6:1-3  “…four chariots…between two mountains…of bronze…red horses…black horses…white horses…dappled horses–strong”
Four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains, or in the valley, each pulled by different colored horses.  One commentary mentioned the word strong could have been bay or reddish-brown color of the horses.  Somewhat reminiscent of the four horsemen of Revelation.

5  “…four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth”
Commentaries are divided on their meaning.  Many hold that they, in some way, represent the four kingdoms mentioned in Daniel.  As it seems they may represent judgment from God, since they come from between mountains of bronze, some think they show how God uses different nations as His tools of judgment.  I’m wondering if they’re just showing how God is in full control, that they’re there to do His bidding whatever it is.

8  “…those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country”
It’s mentioned earlier that all the earth was at peace while Jerusalem was in disarray.  This seems to imply that the ones that went north have completed some judgment which has satisfied God.  All of these visions seem like bits and pieces in a bigger picture.  Having trouble getting them all to come together.

11-12  “…make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest…Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!…”
Crowning the high priest to represent the coming Messiah, Jesus.

13  “…He shall build the temple of the LORD.  He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both”
Salvation is built on Him as the foundation.  He shall be both king and priest.  Total peace between sacred and secular as Christ is head of both.  Or more precisely, He will reign over all.  Will no longer be a division between the two as it was in the beginning.

15  “Even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the LORD . Then you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you…”
Commentary suggests that this refers not only to the Jews who have come back from exile, but also to the fact that the Messiah will bring people, gentiles, from all nations to build His temple, will bring the whole world to Himself.  And when we see this happen, we’ll know that God Himself has done it, which we saw with Jesus.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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