Zechariah 6

Zechariah 6 has the word of the Lord coming to our prophet again.  This time, he sees horses, and not just any horses but specific colors of horses.  “The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses, the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses—all of them strong”.  Commentators tell us the usual Scriptural symbolism:

  • red speaks of war
  • black of famine and death
  • white of victory
  • dappled of pestilence

There is disagreement on exactly what these horses represent – some saying it aligns with Daniel’s prophecy and others that it is connected to what we are told in Revelation by John.

John Calvin said that these angels are compared to horsemen on chariots because “these ride swiftly as it were through the whole world to execute what God commands them.” If Zechariah had the technology of today he might picture the angels in fast cars or fighter jets, showing how swiftly and powerfully they move across the earth to accomplish God’s purpose.  “When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, Go, patrol the earth. So they patrolled the earth”.  The bottom line is that God will judge all people, and do it quickly and efficiently.

God takes a different approach from history with Joshua.  It was absolutely unusual to crown a high priest, because priests were never crowned as kings and kings were never priests.  “Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest”. There already was a strong, godly civil leader in Jerusalem named Zerubbabel. It seems like it would have made a lot more sense to crown Zerubbabel instead of Joshua . . . the high priest. But Joshua was crowned because the next descendant of David to rule would be Jesus, prophesied by the high priest Joshua.

This wasn’t about Joshua being king, but the crown for Joshua was a picture of the ruling Priest-King in the future – Jesus Christ. God was not focused on Joshua to taking control as king in the Jerusalem of his day.  It was an attempt to let His people know that there was something far greater coming, and He (Jesus) would serve the dual role as priest and king.  “And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.  And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God”.  Zechariah paints a picture of the future – a coming Messiah priest and king we know to be Jesus!

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