Jesus was often referred to as the Branch (Is 4:2; 11:1; Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8). In this prophecy, we are reminded that He will build the temple of God. This reference is not to the physical temple but to the ultimate temple, which is His church. He will serve as our priest, “forever making intercession for us” before the Father (Hebrews 7:25). This priest understands us, was tempted in all points like us, is sympathetic to our needs, and performs the work necessary to make us right before God (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Does it feel like things are spinning out of control? That godless men are in charge of this earth, and there can be no good ending to this story? That there is no one in charge and we are in serious trouble?
If you look merely from the manward side, this would be your constant evaluation. And not only yours but the observations of others throughout human history.
The View from Above
… is far different. Seen from God’s perspective, things are in order. And this is one of the great purposes of the patriarchs and prophets and the biblical writings, which were inspired by God to help us see.
Zechariah was a prophet from God who spoke 500 years before Christ. His prophecies gave the Israelites and all who would see great hope.
In Zechariah 6:1-8 he records the prophecy of four chariots with beautiful multi-colored horses. These are “the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth” (Zech. 12:5). As such, they represent the mighty forces of God that come from heaven, constantly bringing both judgments and mercies to the people of the earth. The providence of God is seen in God’s work in this world—work done in perfect order and purpose.
The Ruling Branch
But then we hear from heaven again through Zechariah. He is instructed (in his day) to go and place a crown upon the head of the High Priest. This priest was named “Joshua,” which in Greek is the name “Jesus.” Priests were not crowned in Zechariah’s day.