Thank you to Lisa Andrews for writing today’s theme!
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. 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.’
-Zechariah 6:12-13 (NIV)
David seems like an odd character to read about in Zechariah – but God is reminding His people of the promises he made to His anointed. In 2 Samuel 7 the foundation was laid for Zechariah’s call to crown Joshua the priest as king. The Jewish exile has finally ended and God’s people are returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Under these circumstances they have two great needs: a priest for the temple and a king for the city.
This combination of church and state is new. There has never been a priest sitting the throne in Jerusalem. But Joshua is only a placeholder for Jesus, our great High Priest crowned in heaven above. Joshua returns and helps lead the people to rebuild the temple, but God’s glory never returns. There is still an emptiness that is only filled when He returns in the new temple – the body of Christ.
God never forgets His promises. Regardless of time and offenses. His methods and timing may be suspicious, but His goodness is unquestionable and His faithfulness unmatchable.
Amen – let it be