Haggai and Zechariah prophecy the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple under Nehemiah and Ezra – seventy years after Judah is taken out by Babylon. But like most OT prophecies, many parts are fulfilled a second and a third time through the Messiah — and beyond (I believe to the New Jerusalem in the New Earth).
Zechariah 3 is a great chapter where the prophet watches a courtroom in which Satan accuses the High Priest Jeshua (or Joshua) – who is seen wearing excrement-stained clothes (“filthy garments” is a nice way of saying it, according to ESV Study Bible).
But God’s angel removes the garments and gives Jeshua clean clothes and a pure, royal turban — then charges the Priest to obey God and rule the Temple, where God meets man.
Then the Angel points out that Joshua and his peers are a shadow of the future:
I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. (Zechariah 3: 8b, 9 NIV)
According to the ESV Study Bible, a stone “on Aaron’s turban was engraved with the words ‘Holy to the Lord,’ which enabled Aaron to bear the iniquity of the people before the Lord.”
Wow. How clear is that? And right at the end of the Old Testament – God unmistakably points the way to the Messiah.
The Lord has returned His people to their land. In fact, the Jewish nation will never again turn away from God in a wholesale way as they did throughout the Old Testament.
They will wait more than 500 years before the servant arrives.
And when He does, He becomes the stone the builders rejected, dies on a branch, and removes sin in a single day.
Oh, that I would realize moment by moment what He did for me. Amen.
Today’s Passages: Zechariah 1:1-3:10, Psalm 147: 12-20, Proverbs 30: 21-23, Revelation 16:1-21. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)