He is Priest and King

“Take silver and gold, make an ornate crown and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. “Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD. “Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.”‘ “Now the crown will become a reminder in the temple of the LORD to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen the son of Zephaniah. [Zechariah 6:11-14]


Crowning the high priest was an unthinkable concept because the office of priests and the office of kings were held by different people. Putting a crown meant for a king on the high priest is equivalent to making the high priest the king. However, note that in verse 14 the LORD commanded the crown to be a memorial, thus making it clear that the crown for Joshua was meant to be symbolic – He never intended for Joshua to be king of Jerusalem. This command reveals the nature of the office of Christ, the man whose name is Branch. Christ is the high priest standing in the gap between God and man. At the same time, Christ is king and will establish His kingdom in time to come.


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