Zechariah 6:15

Zechariah 6:15

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *

October 07, 2019 – Monday

Zechariah 6:15  NIV

15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.

Comments

Perhaps it is fitting we come to the end of the word obey in the Old Testament in Zechariah chapter six which has the last of Zechariah’s eight visions. Part one of the vision itself takes place in the first three verses and continuing on to verse eight.

I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful.

Herald Magazine in May of 2018 writes the following

Here we have picture  or overview of the entire Divine Plan of the Ages. Brass, or copper in the scriptures, represents perfect human nature, and mountains represent kingdoms. The two mountains of brass in this first scene represent two perfect human kingdoms — the first in Eden, which Adam lost, and the second being the future kingdom on earth when what was lost will be restored.

The second part of Zechariah’s vision with making a crown for Joshua and his coronation.

The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak.

It is important here to look at verse twelve next as a natural follow on where Christ is represented in the phrase Here is the man.

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. (underline added)

And further consider

The Aramaic Targum, the Jerusalem Talmud, and a Midrash all regarded Zechariah 6:12 as messianic. When Pilate said, “Behold, the man“, he was announcing to the Jews unwittingly that Jesus was the Branch promised in this verse.

Getting to our verse we have to now address the remaining two intervening verses 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.’ 14 The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the Lord.

Indeed He (emphatic in the Hebrew text) would build the Lord’s temple. The Lord repeated this assurance for emphasis. The Branch would bear the honor of royal majesty (cf. Daniel 11:21; 1 Chronicles 29:25), sit enthroned-Israel’s priests never sat while ministering-and rule on David’s throne (cf. 2 Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32). He would be a priest ruling as a king, and peace (Heb. shalom) would mark his dual offices.  Along with Psalm 110 , this verse is one of the clearest statements in the Old Testament that the coming Davidic king would also be a priest.  (Constable)

So now let us look at verse fifteen

15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.

Many will come from far away, Jew and Gentile alike. This is a vision of the end times. Here neither the restoration of the temple nor the advent of the Messiah’s kingdom is in doubt, but those who will be part of the kingdom, brothers to Christ, part of His body, well that will be in doubt for those who have not made a decision to follow Jesus and make Him their Lord and Savior. Will they obey and accept the free gift of grace? Will they do so in time? That is the question for each individual member of mankind.

RileyD, nwJ
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)

* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.   (1 Samuel 15:22)

 PS: Late again due to an ongoing illness.