Zechariah 6* The vision of the chariots. (1-8) Joshua, the high priest,crowned as a type of Christ. (9-15)1-8 This vision may represent the ways of Providence in thegovernment of this lower world. Whatever the providences of Godabout us are, as to public or private affairs, we should seethem all as coming from between the mountains of brass, theimmoveable counsels and decrees of God; and therefore reckon itas much our folly to quarrel with them, as it is our duty tosubmit to them. His providences move swiftly and strongly aschariots, but all are directed and governed by his infinitewisdom and sovereign will. The red horses signify war andbloodshed. The black, signify the dismal consequences of war,famines, pestilences, and desolations. The white, signify thereturn of comfort, peace, and prosperity. The mixed colour,signify events of different complexions, a day of prosperity anda day of adversity. The angels go forth as messengers of God'scounsels, and ministers of his justice and mercy. And the secretmotions and impulses upon the spirits of men, by which thedesigns of Providence are carried on, are these four spirits ofthe heavens, which go forth from God, and fulfil what the God ofthe spirits of all flesh appoints. All the events which takeplace in the world spring from the unchangeable counsels of theLord, which are formed in unerring wisdom, perfect justice,truth, and goodness; and from history it is found that eventshappened about the period when this vision was sent to theprophet, which seem referred to therein. 9-15 Some Jews from Babylon brought an offering to the house ofGod. Those who cannot forward a good work by their persons,must, as they are able, forward it by their purses: if some findhands, let others fill them. Crowns are to be made, and put uponthe head of Joshua. The sign was used, to make the promise morenoticed, that God will, in the fulness of time, raise up a greatHigh Priest, like Joshua, who is but the figure of one that isto come. Christ is not only the Foundation, but the Founder ofthis temple, by his Spirit and grace. Glory is a burden, but nottoo heavy for Him to bear who upholds all things. The cross wasHis glory, and he bore that; so is the crown an exceeding weightof glory, and he bears that. The counsel of peace should bebetween the priest and the throne, between the priestly andkingly offices of Jesus Christ. The peace and welfare of thegospel church, and of all believers, shall be wrought, thoughnot by two several persons, yet by two several offices meetingin one; Christ, purchasing all peace by his priesthood,maintaining and defending it by his kingdom. The crowns used inthis solemnity must be kept in the temple, as evidence of thispromise of the Messiah. Let us not think of separating what Godhas joined in his counsel of peace. We cannot come to God byChrist as our Priest, if we refuse to have him rule over us asour King. We have no real ground to think our peace is made withGod, unless we try to keep his commandments.
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