Dave Burnette's Commentary

Zechariah Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Zechariah
Date Penned: (1-8 520-518BC)(9-14 480BC)
Overview: Messages while Rebuilding the Temple (c 1-8)
Theme: Zechariah's Night Visions (c 1-6)
Message: Zechariah Sees Four Chariots (v 1-15)

Zechariah: Chapter 6 Commentary
(6:1-8) The Black horse that went north executed God's judgement in the north country. Zechariah said the execution of judgement had quieted God's anger. God is angry with sin and with the wicked (Psalm 7) and his anger is expressed in judgement. Much as we liked to concentrate on God's love and mercy, anger and judgement are also part of his righteous character. If you have unconfessed or habitual sin in your life, confess your sin to the Lord and turn away from it. Confession releases God's mercy, but refusing to repent invites his judgement.

(6:9-14) This vision about the Messiah, the King-Priest, In the days of the kings and during the exiles Judah's government was to be ruled by 2 distinct persons - the king, ruling the nation's political life, and the High Priest, ruling its religious life. Kings and priests had often been corrupt. God was telling Zechariah that someone would come who would rule as both king and priest ("a priest upon his throne") - an unlikely combination for that day. This King-Priest, the Messiah, would rule both over his people and in the hearts of those who believe in him.

(6:15) Some of God's Promises are conditional - we must obey him to receive them, The rebuilding of the Temple required careful obedience. God would protect the people as long as they obeyed. Casual or occasional obedience or a half hearted or divided commitment, would not lead to blessing. Many of God's blessings come to us as a result of diligent obedience. Inconsistent obedience can't produce consistent blessing.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Love & Judgement

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofZechariah with Chapter 6. In our text today we see Zechariah sees a vision of 4 Chariots and the symbolic crowning of Joshua showing us the judgement and love as He gives us Grace and Mercy. In making application we see the true nature of our Lord as is full of love, mercy, and grace while being a God of judgement, wrath, and separation. Today some mistake God's Grace for His lack of Judgement but His Word and History shows that His Holiness has both love and judgement. How about you? Do you the see the true Nature of our Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the vision of Zechariah to see the true Character of the Lord as He is a God of Love while being a God of mercy while being a God of Judgement and Justice that should cause us to repent and be saved. 


Zechariah 6

Zechariah 6

 1And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.

 2In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

 3And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

 4Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?

 5And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD of all the earth.

 6The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.

 7And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.

 8Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

 9And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 10Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;

 11Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;

 12And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

 13Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

 14And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.

 15And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.