Monday, December 9, 2013

Advent Day #9 - Zechariah 6:12-13

Tell him, "This is what the Lord of Heaven's armies says: Here is the man called the Branch, he will branch out from where he is and build the Temple of the Lord.  Yes, he will build the Temple of the Lord.  Then he will receive royal honor and will rule as king from his throne.  He will also serve as priest from his throne, and there will be perfect harmony between his two roles".  (NLT)

     This is a passage that tells the story of the crowning of a man named Joshua.  Jesus is a greek equivalent of the name Joshua.  This tells of a king that will serve also as our priest.  If you read in the book of Hebrews, then you will see that Jesus is our great high priest.  He is not only our King, but he makes intercession for us before the father.  This is a story that looks forward to the true Branch of David.  A full restoration of the Davidic dynasty.  Jesus is the embodiment of the hope of the Jews through the generations.  The temple that Jesus has come to build is not made of stone, but is made in the hearts of man.  While the Spirit of God lived in the Holy of Holies, now the spirit dwells in the heart of the believer.  When Jesus calls our bodies the temple of God, he is saying that because the Spirit is will take up residence in the heart of the believer.  When we stray, it is the voice of the Spirit that urges us back to the straight path.  When we are faced with trials and temptations of many kinds, then it is the Spirit that will give us the power to overcome the power of the sinful flesh.  We haven't the strength to resist our own selves.  It is God and God only that can give us the strength to move from our sinful lives to a greater Christ likeness.  Prior to this, the priest and king were two different offices.  Kings were not allowed to act as priests and priests were not able to act as king.  Jesus has come to fill both roles, and to bring unity to the two roles.  How often do we love Jesus as our priest?  We love that he covers our sin and makes intercession for us, but we stop short of allowing him to be our king.  We seem to think we have a better plan.  We think that we can do what we please and then throw ourselves on the mercy of God.  God desires that we crown him our king, and that we honor him as our priest.

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