Today you should read: Zechariah 6
Chapter 6 of Zechariah is split into two different visions from God. The first vision is of four chariots that were sent out by God to “the four winds of heaven” (verse 5). It’s hard to tell exactly what these chariots truly mean, but it is made clear that they are given the commandment to “patrol the earth” (verse 7). But at the end of verse 8 it says, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country.” Remember that the people of Israel had recently been in captivity by Babylon, and Babylon was located north of Israel. These chariots are believed to be linked to the Persians coming into Babylon and wiping them out. This brought God’s judgement on them for keeping God’s people captive.
The second half of chapter 6 begins another vision or as Zechariah says, “And the word of the Lord came to me” (verse 9). This second vision or word from God tells Zechariah to make a crown of silver and gold and place it on the head of Joshua, the high priest (verse 11). This second vision is a symbol of the Messiah who would be the great high priest and king (verse 13).
The end describes how this Messiah will bring people from far away together to rebuild God’s temple. This chapter then ends with Zechariah saying that this will come to pass if Israel obeys God (verse 15). It isn’t meaning that they can keep God’s plan for redemption from happening by not believing it, but instead it’s telling them that without listening and believing God that they will miss out on the grace and truth of Jesus.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Associate: Worship & Students
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