Zechariah 6:9–15 (NKJV)

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 10 “Receive the gift from the captives—from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon—and go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying:

“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!

From His place He shall branch out,

And He shall build the temple of the Lord;

13 Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord.

He shall bear the glory,

And shall sit and rule on His throne;

So He shall be a priest on His throne,

And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” ’

14 “Now the elaborate crown shall be for a memorial in the temple of the Lord for Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah. 15 Even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the Lord. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. And this shall come to pass if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

This passage has dual meanings, one for the Jews looking for restoration, and one for the future of the world eschatologically.  The first meaning was to crown new leadership in Jerusalem, either a single priest/king in Joshua, or a dyarchy (dual kings) in Zerubbabel as king and Joshua as high priest.  The future meaning, though, especially with the name BRANCH in play, is messianic.  This interpretation would point to the eventual sitting of Jesus on the throne in Jerusalem, the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King.  Either way, the throne(s) will be established, and God’s people will be restored, now and in the future.  It is also interesting to know that the Old Testament name Joshua is from the same etymology as the name Jesus in the New Testament.  The crown or crowns spoken of in the passage are symbols of authority and blessing.  The earthly crown, though, if for a new human king in Israel, is simply symbolic of the royal crown of the Lord in the new kingdom.

Are you making room for Jesus on the throne of your life?  Is He sitting in His rightful place in your heart?  Open yourself to Him, and allow Him to rule and reign.  His reign is right, true, and holy.  His leadership will take you where you need to be.  The King of Glory is the only king.  Serve Him!

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