In Zechariah 6 we have the vision of the four chariots, their horses and riders – each with a prophetic destiny. But we are also introduced to the One who is described as the Branch – One who is both a Prince and a Priest.
Zechariah 6:A Vision of Four Chariots
1Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And the mountains were mountains of bronze.
2The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,
3the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses---all of them strong.
4Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
5And the angel answered and said to me, "These are going out to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the LORD of all the earth.
6The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the dappled ones go toward the south country."
7When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth.
8Then he cried to me, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country."
The Crown and the Temple
9And the word of the LORD came to me:
10"Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah.
11Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12And say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.
13It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both."'
14And the crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah.
15"And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD. And you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God."
Things to think about…
1.Zechariah 6:1 speaks of 4 chariots coming out from 2 mountains which were made of bronze. The two mountains might represent 2 testaments or Law and Grace. Bronze refers to the origin – these messengers have come from the throne of heaven as told mentioned in Zech 6:5.
2.Zech 6:2,3 describe the colours of the horses – red, black, white and dappled. These colours are similar to those described in Revelation 6 which were also sent out throughout the earth to fulfil the Lord's purposes. The Lord uses these to do the work of the Spirit as Zech 6:8 says those "who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country". There is comfort in knowing that whatever happens in the earth it is at the decree of the one whose heaven is as bronze, even for disobedience Dt 28:23. But He parts it and descends at the prayers of His saints, Ps 144:5, Isa 64:1.
3.A crown of silver and gold was to be made for the high priest – Joshua, Zech 6:11. This "crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder", Zech 6:14. A reminder that there would be a Branch coming who would also unite the ministries of Priest and Prince, vs 13. He would come, as we know, wearing a crown of thorns initially. He now wears the crown of heaven and will return to gather His people. Jesus will also fulfil all the OT promises and prophesies concerning the literal fulfilment of the land being united under His throne.
4.Zech 6:15 says "those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD". These are no doubt the Gentiles that are called into the body of Christ and build the temple that jesus said would be built in 3 days, John 2:19. There is a literal temple – that will be reuilt – by the Jews. This is not the temple Jesus is referring to. There will be a Millennial temple the will be built when Christ returns. But the temple of the Lord that endures forever is where Christ dwells with His people for eternity – the temple of his body, His bride, the Church. This temple has been secured and untilmately has already been built because it has happened in the mind and will of God. "Those whom he justified he also glorified", Rom 8:30. There is no better news than this!
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday's sermon "Money's too tight to mention" came from Malachi 3.
1.Do you have enough money to pay for all your bills?
2.How have you responded to Malachi's challenge to test the Lord in His faithfulness when you consistently tithe and bring it into the storehouse OT – temple, NT – church? Has the imperative to tithe ever been an issue for you?
3.Jay mentioned that often those who struggle with tithing are fairly covetous people because they don't see money as the Lord's but theirs. As such they tend to the ones who, gossip, complain and be difficult within the church. Part of the blessing of tithing is the miracle of a changed heart. Discuss.
4.God gave us His Son Jesus, John 3:16. We are called to be like God and conform to the image of Christ. Pray about your giving and obedience to Christ.
1.Our Community events – once a month on a Sunday in place of the Axiom evening service at church. First one at Chapters on the 23rd Feb – around 4:30pm.
2.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. More exciting news this Sunday about what the Lord has done with our money thus far. Praise God for "Cowboy" and how we have helped his situation.
3.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.
4.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
5.Sunday's message on Zech 6 "A Vision of the New Temple" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- Chapters Café – 4:30pm
6.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
7.Church finances to meet our expenses.
8.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Testimonies of Suzie and Zac on Sunday – Praise God for grace.
2.More new people on Sunday.
3.Tad's brother Andrew likely to come home this week. A miracle and mercy that this is even possible.
4.Praise God for the rain going to farmers breaking the drought in many areas..
5.New Website completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.
6.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church)this week.
7.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, over $2000 has been raised – thankyou CBC.
8.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Denning - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.
2.1st Community gathering – At Chapters café Karalee 4:30pm Sun 23rd Feb.
3.Member's meeting – A celebration of God's grace over CBC – Sun 23rd February after morning service. Open invitation – all welcome.
4.Men's shooting event – Sat 29th February – 7am (not next Sat like the pastor said on Sun morning - lol). See Tim/flyer for more details.
5.Steve Hawkins 60th birthday bash – 4:30pm Sat 29th at Church. Bring yourself, something to eat/cook and something the sit on as we celebrate 60 years of Steve!
6.Mallacoota Bushfire Appeal. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"
7.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.– Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Luke Scheepers. Lesson :- Journey to Mars 4 Psalm 119:105. Younger Group Leader:- Danae Scheepers, Assistant:- Yuki Fujita. Lesson:-Paw Print bookmark, P22.
8.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Fly me to the Moon – Make a plane to get there.. Recharge parent on roster for this week: - Dan Anderson
February's catechism question...
Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?
Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"
Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3