Zechariah 6:11-13 and The Priest-King in Israel

ZechariahsplashZechariah had his prophetic ministry after the exiles returned from Babylon in the 500’s BC. During this time, he spoke on the Lord’s behalf concerning the rebuilding of the Temple, of the restoration of the Kingdom of God, and of many other visions. One in particular is very worthy of note. It is a vision of the role of priest and king being unified in one person. This, according to Jewish custom, tradition, and law ought not to happen, as the king needs to be a descendant of David (tribe of Judah) and the high priest needs to be a descendant of Aaron (tribe of Levi). Yet here is the prophecy:

11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak. 12 Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. 13 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. And there will be harmony between the two.’

First, it should be noted that Jesus is the Greek version of Joshua, both meaning salvation. So this high priest named Jesus will be crowned king, will also be called Branch (Jeremiah 33:15-16), will build the temple, and bring harmony to the roles of king and priest. This is another fabulous example of how God works. When he will do major things, he will let everyone know beforehand that he is going to do them. That way, when they happen, people will know that he is God. Jesus is our high priest. He is King of kings. He raised his own temple on the third day and built a new Temple of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He offered a perfect sacrifice for us, and he delivered us from our enemies.

Zechariah saw all of this almost 500 years before Jesus was born. God is wonderful!

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