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The Branch of Jesse – Jesus

In Zechariah we find in chapter 3 and 6 a reference to the “Branch.” This alludes to none other than Isaiah 11:1-5, there we find that from Jesse comes David, but also from David we know that his throne was promised to be established forever, and that the Lion of Judah would sit and reign. The book has so many symbols and illustrations it would be difficult to address each one in this forum.  In chapter 3, we have the High Priest Joshua in filthy clothes, this illusion could be to the corrupted priesthood before the Fall of Jerusalem. Yet we are told that Joshua was to put on new clean clothes, referring to the cleansing of sins by the LORD. Interesting enough also is that Satan is accusing before God the sins of the people. Rev. 12:20 informs us of the accuser – Satan how that night and day he brings accusations against believers. The problem is that they are true, however, God has forgiven us in Christ Jesus.  Satan does this to us as well, too many times we listen to the lies of Satan and let his lies defeat us in our spirit. We must rebuke him in the name of Jesus, for our sins have been dealt with at Calvary!

Some information on the Branch helps us understand the prophecy about Jesus. “The BRANCH” is an important messianic title, signifying our Lord’s coming from the stock of David (Isa. 11:1). As Branch, He is King (Jer. 23:5; 33:15), God’s Servant (Zech. 3:8), “the Man whose name is the BRANCH” (Zech. 6:12), and “the Branch of the LORD” (Isa. 4:2). Some see in these four titles a parallel to the four Gospels. Matthew presents the Branch of David, the King; Mark, the Servant; Luke, the Man; and John, “the Branch of the Lord” who is God come in human flesh (John 20:30–31). [Warren W. Wiersbe, With the Word Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991), Zec 5:1.] I though it was interesting that the king and priest are combined in Christ. He is a priest after the Order of Melchizedek [ Hebrews 5] This is significant for Jesus is not a priest after the Order of Levi; before the Law, was Abraham. Jesus can be the High Priest without being a Levite, He is superior to Levi, therefore no conflict being from the tribe of Judah.

In chapter 4, we have the images of the lamp stand and bowls filled with oil that keep the lamp lite. Zechariah always asks, “What are these?” there is a great dualism with this book, for it applies to the restoration and building of the Temple again, but also is referencing the Reign of Jesus.

I found it quite reassuring that several times God has his emissaries watching and roaming the Earth.  Truly, we know that earthly rulers will influence this world, but ultimately, God is in control. This ia a message we all need to remember in light of the Americans recent election.  Zerubbabel will be the first to return to the waste land of Judah. I can’t imagine what it was like to see the Holy City laying in ashes and rubble. Scripture tells us that Zerubbabel didn’t finish the building of the Temple – that wouldn’t be completed until Ezra. I am sure it was exiting to see the labor forces coming together to measure the foundation and trying to set the stones back in place. Again I couldn’t help but think of 1 Peter 2:4-8 of how Jesus being the Chief corner-stone would be rejected by the very people He came to save.

In chapter 5 I was somewhat confused about the Ephah, a bushel of grain. Other than it represents the sins of the nation. For the woman and basket are thrown down. Wickedness is viewed as being feminine, which is why a woman was used in the illustration. We see that wickedness is confined, condemned, controlled and conquered. The Crown of God on Joshua as King-Priest is the prophetic allusion to Jesus.

In chapter 6 we have the horses and chariots, this we are told is those which have been given authority to guard the earth, specifically North and South.

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The Rise and Fall of Many

I know that we are reading in Isaiah, yet the reading for the last week has been about the kingdoms that would fall under the authority of God. While these kingdoms/nations would be used of God to discipline His children Israel, there would be a limit to the amount of pain they could inflict. The chapters Isaiah 21-25 appear to be redundant from out previous reading. However, in this case Yahweh is illustrating to Israel the faulty hope of relying on other nations for their protection and well-being. In Luke 2:34-35, Simeon relates to Mary how that Jesus would be the catalyst for the rise and fall of many nations. He [Jesus] has been the subject for past conquering and wars, not all glorifying to God that’s for sure. In the historical setting, Israel and Samaria have been besieged by the big warriors from the North. Judah is being warned, just because they may have escaped the wrath of these Northern nations, it is only for a short time before they too will give way to them.

Today nation upon nation will try to enter into various treaties, pacts or alliances to give themselves some sort of protection against possible enemies. Judah did the same thing in our reading of Isaiah. God the Father reveals what will happen to each of the nations that Israel is trying to cooperate with for their own protection.  God is God and Israel should have sought out the LORD God for protection. In their failure to worship Him as God, He is bringing the discipline upon them, but rather than confess and repent to God  – they continue to move away from His power. Psalm 20:7 says “some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of Lord our God.”

Hezekiah was renown for entering into various treaties with foreign leaders in hopes that they would come fight battles when Judah was attacked.  Israel and Judah should have learned to trust in the LORD. Easier said than done, for today we are no different. We trust in what we see, not in who has us. It is sad for many today are trusting in the devised plans and wealth of the future instead of holding on to the one who holds all things together.

Isaiah has rebuked Judah in chapter 22, for in that he warned them, they paid him no mind. Instead of listening and heeding the warning, they felt secure in the pacts and alliances with enemy nations.  Here in the United States we have entered into many treaties that if a country were to attack one of our allies, we would see it as an attack on us and respond in kind. However, alliances and treaties can be very cumbersome, for if the leadership changes [and it will] the current regime may or may not align with the treaty established.

As a believer in Christ Jesus, I must trust in Him who is faithful and unchanging. I cannot trust my life and future to men of this world, for that would be foolishness. Only the strength and power of our omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God and father of Jesus Christ is worthy of our living and faith! A Lesson that neither Judah, Israel or even America today has heeded.

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