The vision of four chariots (Zech. 6:1-15)
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your wonderful grace and your amazing love. Lord. Open our eyes to know and your truth. Provide your illumination to see the sufficient world and the peaceful world by understanding the Word of God. Provide us your Spirit and your grace. Strengthen your peoples with your right hand. Especially lead our school to the truth and the true peace to proclaim the gospel to the world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. 2 The first chariot had red horses, the second black, 3 the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. 4 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”
5 The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. 6 The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”
7 When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.
8 Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
9 The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak. 12 Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. 13 It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ 14 The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the Lord. 15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.”
The vision of four chariots is the last vision in Zechariah essentially that ended as verses 1-8. From verse 9 the coronation reveals. Even though the coronation is a symbolism, it is very important that points the dominion of the King Messiah. (9-14) “A man who is called for the branch” comes in order to reconstruct the temple and ruled over it peacefully. Here we listen that the centric message of Zechariah is the revival that they should pursue through the Holy Spirit.
As the Word of Roman 8:28, the goodness that God shall accomplish in us points the spiritual revival by speaking two things in our text. What are they?
I. It means the sufficient ministry.
1) The activities of four chariots in the text are related to the first vision. The activities of red horse, white horse, black horse and colorful horse reveal the nations that destroyed Israel as Syria, Babylon, Egypt. Historically these nations were destroyed really. It was the accomplishment of verse 8. “Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
“This is the prosperity of messiah and also it points that before Zurubbabel the great mountain shall be level ground.
Here, we can learn two wonderful things of the Lord.
1) First, the providence of God is very absolute as it was suggested in a picture, “the chariot comes out of the bronze mountain.” His works and His providence as the chariot that comes out of the strong mountain shall be fulfilled by the owner.
2) Second, and also we observe the work of the Holy Spirit that four wind of heaven points. He works for the salvation as well as for the judgment. He works as the wind and his ministry shall be absolute and sufficient. The event of cross gives us true sufficient salvation through the wise work of the Holy Spirit. Especially we feel that our salvation is good enough in our heart. We enjoy true contents that comes out of the cross, the resurrection and the Spirit.
Ex: The secret that David overcomes all his enemies by the goodness of God is the example of Christian life. Although he was persecuted by Saul very much and took many chances to kill him, David did not use his wrong method. Finally he became to the useful channel of God in his life.
Do you believe that God works wonderfully in us? We have to work everything according to the sufficient work of Holy Spirit. In this week we have to pursue to true sufficient ministry, the sufficient heart in our school life. So we have to seek to the work of Holy Spirit in our lives. Please, stop to trust the man’s good points but pursue to trust the Spirit in the Word of God.
Ex: When I went to Virek and Lazana’ village yesterday, I have been that 15 children waited for us at one place. I was surprised at the scene. I thought that our students workers devoted themselves to the ministry of God. I had felt the sufficient grace of God in their ministry. We believe that the Holy Spirit accomplish the sufficiat ministry any time, any place.
II. It means to accomplish the peace.
In verse 5, the scene of coronation was appeared. Verse 5 says, “The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.” By this thing the faith of returners, Heldaea, Tobia, yeodaya and Josiah were restored by God’s grace. Especially Messiah, the new branch comes to the world and reconstructs the temple and accomplishes the work of peace. (12 “Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord.”) He is the high priest and the king who fulfills the work of peace. Actually he accomplished all things. This is the righteousness, the peace and the delight in the Holy Spirit. It is the fulfillment of 3:10, ““‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
Today our world needs the heavenly peace. All the peace of person, family and country comes out of the Christ- centric life. Why? Because true peace comes out of the branch, Jesus Christ. So we have to abide in Jesus Christ. It means to admit the Lordship any time, any place. So we need to do the habitual prayer and the meditation of the Word of God.
As we know, the greatness of David comes out of to sustain the Lordship of Jehovah. So He did not want to kill the king, Saul against the Lordship. When his friends exhorted his Lordship, he disliked to become a owner at his good chance. Why? Because he knows the true Lord in his situation he could serve the Lord in his heart. This is the way of true peace that comes out of living God.
In this morning we have to check up the sufficient and peaceful heart in our ministry. Do you have these things in your heart in your school life? Yesterday, I met two persons in a village. They have no the sufficient heart and the peaceful heart in his life. One person is the abnormal marriage life in his life. he has five wives as a Samaritan woman of John 4:. It is very sorrowful life.
And also I met a monk who had the bright face. After I greeted to him someday I will meet him at the pagoda in order to give true peace of Christ Jesus. Although his face was so peaceful I could see miserable heart from his attitude. I pray that they shall return to Christ, our true branch by repentance and faith and possess the sufficient heart and the heavenly peace.
Lord, We thank you for our true branch, Jesus Christ in our lives. Make us followed Jesus centric life in our lives. Provide abundant life on us. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.