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The Coming Branch
Zechariah’s prophecy starts with a cycle of vivid and complicated visions, and it would be simple to get lost attempting to clarify all of the intricate specifics. However we are not left alone to attempt to have an understanding of these visions: the Lord sent an interpreting angel to Zechariah (and to us), and we can obtain the which means of the visions explained in the angel’s comments. He repeatedly points us to the coming of “the Branch” (Zech. three:eight six:12), the messianic offspring of David promised in Jeremiah 23:five and Jeremiah 33:15, who combines in himself the offices of king and priest (Zech. six:13). This Branch will purify his men and women and take away their sin in a single day (Zech. three:9).
The righteous King was coming to bring salvation and to bring an finish to war and suffering.
Writing to men and women who had been discouraged by living, soon after the exile, in a “day of little things” (Zech. four:10), when there seemed to be small progress toward the glorious future promised in the earlier prophets, Zechariah encouraged them to appear forward to the day when the Lord would act as soon as once more. The righteous King was coming to bring salvation and to bring an finish to war and suffering (Zech. 9:9–17).
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That coming would, strikingly, outcome in the piercing of God himself, which would be the signifies by which a cleansing fountain would be opened for sin (Zech. 12:10–13:1). The Great Shepherd would be struck for his sheep, who would continue to endure good suffering till the time of the finish (Zech. 13:7–14:five). However the outcome of that time of suffering and discomfort would be the final victory of God and the vindication of his men and women (Zech. 14:9). Offered all of these messianic themes, it is not surprising that the book of Zechariah is a single of the Old Testament books most often quoted in the New Testament.
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