Sunday September 5 2021
BEHOLD THE MAN
(The Crowning of Jesus)
Zechariah 6:9-15 KJV
“And the word of the LORD came unto me saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Hel/dai’, To/bi’/jah and Je/dai’/ah which are come from Babylon, and come you the same day and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; then take silver and gold and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and speak unto him saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he will grown up out of his place, and he will build the Temple of the LORD: even he will build the Temple of the LORD; and he will bear the glory, and will sit and rule upon his throne: and he will be a priest upon his throne; and the council of peace will be between them both. And the crowns will be to Helem and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the Temple of the LORD. And they that are far off will come and build in the Temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me unto you. And this will come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD you GOD.”
“This is an actual ceremony. Joshua is being used as a picture of what happens next. Joshua means “Jehovah is salvation” H3091.
After all the judgments on the earth are finished Jesus takes His rightful place. This is exemplified by what comes next after the visions.
Zechariah will act out the climax of the visions.
A delegation from the captives who chose to remain in Babylon bring offerings. Zechariah is to accept these donations. The word used here is crowns.”1 Zechariah is to make crowns, plural. We are reminded of the statement in Revelation 19:12, “On His head were many crowns.”
These crowns were to be fashioned from the offerings of silver and gold brought by the exiles from Babylon.
Silver is a symbol of blood. In the construction of the Tabernacle silver was identified with blood offerings especially regarding the new born. There is an interesting relation made between silver and blood of the innocence in Matthew 27:4-6.
“[Judas] saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See you to it. And he cast the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.”
Silver speaks of priesthood and gold speaks of kingship or deity. So this speaks of Jesus being a king and a priest.
Psalm 2:6 identifies Jesus as king. “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.”
And Psalm 110:4 identifies Jesus as priest forever. “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
In Genesis 14:18 we are introduced to this Melchizedek.
“And Melchizedek, king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high GOD.”
Melchizedek both king of Salem and priest of the most high GOD.
This was long before there existed a Jewish nation; long before Aaron and the priesthood that came through him. This was not a priesthood of man, but was the priesthood of GOD. This is the priesthood to which Jesus is compared.
Hebrews has much to say regarding this priesthood. Consider Hebrews 5:6 and 10.
“As he said also in another place, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
And later in verse ten of Hebrews 6 it is stated:
“[Jesus] called of GOD a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Then in Hebrews 6:20 we read,
“Where the forerunner for us has entered, even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
See also Hebrews 7:1-21.
So, there are two priesthoods, one after the order of man – Aaron, and one after the order of Melchizedek which is Jesus.
Only three persons are both king and priest – Melchizedek, Jesus, and Christians within the body of Christ. Revelation 5:9-10.
A second feature covered here in this passage of Zechariah concerns the phrase,
“Thus speaks the LORD of hosts saying, Behold the man . . .”
This is a phrase we have heard before! Pilate said the very same thing in John 19:5! 2 As Pilate brought Jesus before the crowd he declared this to the throng.
“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!”
Instead of many crowns He had many thorns upon His brow. Instead of cries of “worthy is the king” His ears heard, “Crucify him, crucify him! Pilate washes his hands of him whereas Jesus offered to wash Pilate’s sins along with the people.
Had this been recorded in the gospel of Mark instead of in John, it may have rung true, for in Mark Christ is portrayed as the Son of Man, but here, in John, He is presented as Son of God.
Zechariah has it correct. “Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH.”
The title, “BRANCH” is used in four different ways. 3
Jeremiah 23:5 presents the Branch as king; Zechariah 3:8 as servant; Zechariah 6:12 as man, and Isaiah 4:2 as the Lord (Jehovah.)
Four aspects of Jesus reflected as the four faces of the four living creatures of Ezekiel 1.
Lion as king; ox as servant; man as man; eagle as God (heavenly)
The four gospels also reflect these four aspects of Christ.
Matthew represents Jesus as king; Mark represents Jesus as servant; Luke represents Jesus as man in Son of Man; and John represents Jesus as Son of God.
Zechariah 6:13 informs us that this BRANCH, will build the temple. This, of course, does not refer to the temple being constructed in Zechariah’s day, for we were informed that Zerubbabel would finish this temple. So this is a prophetic leap forward to the final Millennium Temple to come.
Details into this final Temple are given in Ezekiel chapters 40 through 42, as well as in Isaiah 2:2-4 and Micah 4:1-3. Let’s consider this Micah reference.
“But in the last days it will come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established in the top of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and people will flow unto it.”
It goes on to say that people from all nations will learn to walk in the ways of the LORD and that our swords will be beat into ploughshares and there will finally be world peace.
With regards to the Temples of Israel we need to be reminded of some facts.
The first temple was built by Solomon, David’s son. David raised the money but Solomon built it. This temple was destroyed in three stages by the armies of Babylon led by Nebuchadnezzar. Here in Zechariah we are witnessing the building of the second temple. This temple will be desecrated under the Greek-Syrian oppressors of Israel until the Maccabean revolt of the second century BC. This revolt threw out the desecrators and purified the temple and rededicated it. The eight day celebration of Hanukkah, festival of lights, recognizes this event. The miraculous supply of oil for the candelabra over an eight day period is honoured on this festival – thus the Festival of Lights.
This second temple continued into the days of King Herod and Jesus. Herod beautified and expanded the temple. Once again, however, the temple became desecrated with the money changers, the blood silver cast upon the floor and more importantly with the rejection of Messiah.
As a result in 70 AD. Roman legions utterly destroyed it, leaving only the outer wall that had been erected by Herod – today’s Wailing Wall. This wall is not part of the temple proper but is rather a retaining wall built to reinforce the surrounding land about the temple itself.
Then began the Christian era where we are told in the New Testament that we believers, are the temple of the Living God.
1 Corinthians 3:16 reads,
“Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
And again, in 1 Corinthians 6:19,
“What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?”
We, as Christians, as believers, are the temple of God. However this must not be confused with the promised third temple of Israel. The two are quite different.
The 3rd temple of the Jewish nation will be erected by Messiah during the Millennium period. It is described in intimate detail in Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 and various places elsewhere in the Old Testament.
The coming temple that everyone is looking for and excited about is a false 3rd temple! It will be erected on the temple mount in the near future. This is a false temple, as I believe, because it is erected by man, for his own glory and is defiled from the moment it begins.
In fact, it will be to this temple that the Antichrist comes, to declare himself to be worshipped as god and it is here that he raises up an image of himself for the purpose of said worship.
Now, we are instructed to not defile our bodies which are the temples of God.
1 Corinthians 3:17 reminds us,
“If any man defile the temple of God, him will God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
We are urged to take care not to defile our bodies which are in fact, the temple of God.
What does it mean to defile this temple of God? None of us is perfect. We all sin and yet we have an Advocate Who can forgive us and cleanse us upon each occurrence of personal sin.
This defilement, I believe, relates to continuous purposeful sin. And most likely, it refers to spiritual fornication. The ramifications of this defilement are beyond the scope of this message.
Let’s summarize thus far. First Jewish temple erected by Solomon, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Second Jewish temple erected by Zerubbabel here in Zechariah. It was desecrated and restored to purity by the Maccabees and later enlarged by Herod. This second temple in turn was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD.
There is then the insertion of the Christian era with our bodies as spiritual temples of God.
There is coming a so-called 3rd temple that will be completely desecrated by the Antichrist and will be destroyed at the coming of Messiah.
The Jesus, the Messiah, will erect the true 3rd temple.
Returning to Zechariah chapter 6 we read in verse 13 that this coming BRANCH – the Messiah – Jesus – will sit on His own throne.
“The BRANCH; and he will grow up out of his place, and he will build the Temple of the LORD: even he will build the Temple of the LORD; and he will bear the glory, and will sit and rule upon his throne: and he will be a priest upon his throne; and the council of peace will be between them both.”
He will bear or carry the glory [of God] and He will sit and rule upon His throne.
Currently Jesus is seated on the right hand of the Father on the Father’s throne.
Here, Jesus is pictured seated upon His own throne. This will be on the mercy seat and will be placed somewhere within the new 3rd temple that He will build.
The verse states that He will be a priest as well as a king, upon His throne signifying that He is both king and priest. And that there will be perfect harmony between these two offices.
Listen to the following verses.
“So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”
“But he [Stephen] being filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.”
“Who is he that condemns [us]? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in heavenly places.”
“If you then be raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.”
See also Hebrews 1:3;8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22 and Revelation 3:21.
All of these passages tell us where Christ is at the moment – at the right hand on the Father’s throne.
He is crowned with many crowns as per Revelation 19:12 as He returns.
“His eyes were as a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but he himself.”
According to Zechariah 6:14 these crowns were to be a memorial of these prophetic visions.
“And the crowns will be to Helem and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the Temple of the LORD.”
So these exiles from Babylon bring treasures of silver and gold for use in the rebuilding of the temple. Their names carry significance.
Helem, H2492 means strength or dream from the root word “to dream.”
Tobijah, H2896 means Jehovah is good.
Jedaiah H3048 means Jehovah has known.
Hen, H2581 means favour from the root word “grace.”
And Zephaniah H6846 means treasured, from the root “to hide” or “store up treasure.”
So for us today we need remember that God has a dream for us and for His people and that God is good, and that God has known all there is to know about you and your situation and that God favours you with His grace, and finally, God has stored up for Himself, each of us as His personal treasure. Be of good cheer, God loves you and cares for you and has a dream for you. Go in Peace Amen.
Behold the man!
When the world next hears this shout from the heavenlies, the earth dwellers will still be want to cry, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” But we, His believers, will look upon the Man who is crucified for us, and our lips will show forth our praise.4
On the night He was betrayed, He took bread and gave thanks for it and blessed it and said, “This is my body which is broken for you, do this as often as you eat it and remember me. Let us eat together and remember with thanksgiving.
Likewise in the same manner He took wine and gave thanks for it and blessed it and said this is the new covenant in my blood that is shed for you. Drink it and remember me. Let us drink together and give thanks to Him for His unspeakable gift of grace.
Bless the LORD oh my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name. Amen.
1 Jeff Blake 23 Oxbrook.org
4 Psalm 51:15