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 LESSON 7 - THE BRANCH (ZECHARIAH 3:8-10; 6:9-15)

INTRODUCTION: WHEN WE STUDIED CHPT 3 OF ZECHARIAH THERE WAS A
REFERENCE TO SOMEONE CALLED "THE BRANCH."  NOW IN OUR TEXT FOR TODAY
WE SEE THIS AGAIN.  LETS LOOK INTO THIS BRANCH BUSINESS.

I. THE BRANCH INTRODUCTION
     A. HAS ANYONE EVER DONE ANY WORK ON BREAKING CODES? CODED
          MESSAGES?
          1. HOW DO YOU BREAK A CODE? (HAVE A KEY)
     B. READ ZECHARIAH 3:8.  TELL ME ABOUT THE BACKGROUND TO THIS TEXT?
(HP. ACCUSED BY SATAN. GAVE HP CLEAN ROBE CLEAN TURBAN AND TOLD HIM TO
OBEY)
     C. THIS VISION IS A KIND OF CODED MESSAGE. THE KEY TO THE CODE IN V.8
IS UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS MEANT BY THE "BRANCH".  WHAT CLUES DO YOU GET
FROM V. 8 AND THE BACKGROUND? (BLKBORD)
          1. WHO ARE JOSHUA'S ASSOCIATES? (PRIESTS)
          2. IT SAYS THAT THEY ARE "SYMBOLIC" OF THINGS TO COME. WHAT
IS TO COME? (THE BRANCH--HE IS GOING TO BRING THE BRANCH)
     D. SO THE PRIESTS ARE SYMBOLIC OF THE BRANCH.
     E. WHAT DID THE PRIESTS DO? (SPIRITUAL LINK BETWEEN GOD AND MAN)
     F. SO WHO IS THE BRANCH? (OUR LESSON SAYS THAT THE BRANCH IS JESUS.
THE BRANCH IS USED ELSEWHERE IN THE OT TO REFER TO JESUS (IS. 11:1; JER. 33:15)
 
II. BEHOLD THE MAN
     A. NOW THAT WE HAVE THE KEY, LETS MOVE INTO THE MAIN TEXT FOR
TODAY WHICH IS ZECHARIAH CHPT.6.

     B. READ ZECHARIAH 6:9-11. IS THIS ANOTHER VISION THAT ZECHARIAH
WATCHES? (NO. HE PARTICIPATES IN THIS)
     C. WHO ARE THESE 3 GUYS AND WHY DOES ZECHARIAH TAKE THEIR GOLD
AND SILVER FROM THEM?
          1. IS THIS SOME KIND OF ROBBERY? (THESE MAY NOT BE LITERAL
PEOPLE.  THE NAMES MEAN "THE CHIEF MEN", "THE USEFUL MEN" AND "THOSE
THAT HAVE UNDERSTOOD IT." THE IDEA IS THAT THE JEWS IN BABYLON WERE
SENDING SUPPORT TO THOSE REBUILDING THE TEMPLE.)

     D. ISN'T TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS THAT THE SUPPORT SENT TO BUILD THE
TEMPLE IS USED TO MAKE A CROWN?
          1. GOD TOLD ZECHARIAH TO DO THIS. ANY IDEA WHY? (I DON'T KNOW,
BUT GOD MUST SEE THAT SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN BUILDING THE
TEMPLE IS GOING ON WITH THIS CROWN.)

     E. SO ZECHARIAH MAKES A CROWN AND PUTS IT ON JOSHUA THE HP's HEAD.
JOSHUA HAS A VERY ACTIVE HEAD.  WHAT DID WE LAST SEE DONE WITHT HIS
HEAD? (THE WHITE TURBAN WAS PUT ON HIM AT THE SAME TIME AS HE GOT A NEW
ROBE.)
     F. WHY WOULD A HP BE PUTTING ON A CROWN?  DID THEY WEAR CROWNS?
(NO.  THE HP DID NOT WEAR A CROWN.  THIS IS THE SECOND VERY STRONG SIGNAL
TO US THAT SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY IS BEING SYMBOLIZED WITH THIS
CROWN.)

III. THE REAL KING AND PRIEST
     A. LETS READ ON. V.12-13.
     B. NOW WE COME TO THE KEY TO OUR CODE. YOU TOLD ME THAT THE
BRANCH WAS JESUS.  THE LESSON SAID THAT THE BRANCH WAS JESUS.  BUT I CAN
READ AND THE BIBLE SAID THAT THE BRANCH IS JOSHUA.
THE WORD PICTURE IS THAT ZECHARIAH PLACES THE CROWN ON JOSHUA'S HEAD
AND THEN SAYS TO HIM, "HERE IS THE MAN WHOSE NAME IS THE BRANCH..."
     C. SO, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY FOR YOURSELF? (THE WHOLE THING
DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. MAKE A CROWN WITH TEMPLE FUNDS AND PUT IT ON
THE HEAD OF SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT DESERVE IT.)
     D. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT JOSHUA IS NOT WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE?
     E. IN ZECHARIAH 3 WHAT DID THE HP JOSHUA REPRESENT? (THE SINFUL
PEOPLE)
     F. DO YOU THINK THAT HE REPRESENTS JESUS? (CONSIDER THAT HE IS NOW
REFERRED TO AS A BRANCH AND A HP WEARING A CROWN? (JESUS. THE PRIEST
KING OF THE ORDER OF MELCHIZADEK)
     G. THAT CLEARS UP THE SECOND MYSTERY: WHY ZECHARIAH SHOULD BE
CROWNING THE HP.

IV. THE BRANCH
     A. OF ALL THE CODE NAMES THAT GOD COULD HAVE USED TO SYMBOLIZE
JESUS, WHY DID HE CHOSE "BRANCH?"  THAT IS LIKE "LEAF." WHY NOT "KING",
"MIGHTY TREE" "FLYING LION?"
     B. WHEN JESUS SAID, "I AM THE VINE AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHS," THAT
MADE SENSE. WHAT REASON TO BE CALLED "BRANCH?"
          1. CHARACTERISTICS OF BRANCH? (BLKBORD)
     C. IN IS. 53:2 HE IS CALLED A "TENDER SHOOT" AND A "ROOT OUT OF DRY
GROUND." IN IS. 11:1 HE IS CALLED, "A SHOOT...FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE" AND
"FROM HIS ROOTS A BRANCH WILL BEAR FRUIT."
          1. DO YOU NORMALLY SEE A BRANCH COMING FROM ROOTS?
          2. WHY DOES IT SAY THAT THE GROUND IS "DRY?"
( THE BRANCH IS LIVING AND ACTIVE, BUT THE TREE IS MISSING. THE BASE IS
LOUSY, IT IS DRY. THE PEOPLE ARE LETTING JESUS DOWN. ISREAL IS A DRY HOLE.
A CUT DOWN TREE.)

     D. IT SAYS THAT THIS BRANCH WILL BUILD THE TEMPLE. DOES JESUS BUILD
THE TEMPLE? WHAT TEMPLE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? (EPH. 2:19-22 AND 1PET. 2:5-9
REFERS TO US BEING STONES OF THE TEMPLE AND JESUS BEING THE
CORNERSTONE AND THE CAPSTONE. (I SKIPPED OVER ZECHARIAH 3:9 THAT
BOLSTERS THE IDEA OF THE STONE)
     E. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A SPIRITUAL TEMPLE HERE.
     F. THIS SOLVES THE SECOND MYSTERY ABOUT SPENDING TEMPLE MONEY
FOR A CROWN.  IF JESUS WERE NOT OUR KING AND OUR HP, YOU CAN FORGET
ABOUT BUILDING THE TEMPLE.)

V. CONCLUSION. PICTURE THAT WE HAVE HERE IS BEAUTIFUL.  AT SAME TIME
THAT THEY WERE PHYSICALLY BUILDING A TEMPLE WITH THE LORD'S HELP, AS WE
ARE BUILDING A CHURCH, JESUS WAS BUILDING THEM SPIRITUALLY AS A TEMPLE.
(V.15. "THOSE WHO ARE FAR AWAY" ARE YOU, THE GENTILES.)

VI. NEXT WEEK: ZECHARIAH7&8
 
IF NEED MORE TIME:

LETS LOOK AT THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BRANCH FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

VII. MINISTERS ON THE EARTH.
     A. IF THE PRIESTS (OF ZECHARIAH3:8) ARE SYMBOLIC OF JESUS, DO YOU
THINK THAT PLACES AN OBLIGATION ON THE PRIEST TO BE AN ACCURATE SYMBOL
OF CHRIST?
     B. IS THAT TRUE ONLY FOR THE PRIESTS THAT LIVED BEFORE JESUS?  OR IS
THAT ALSO TRUE OF MINISTERS AND CONF. ADMIN. AND PRIESTS TODAY?
          1. IF YOU SAY, "YES!", NOTE THAT THE LORD REFERS TO JESUS AS "HIS
SERVANT."
               a. DO YOU WANT YOUR CONF. PRES. TO BE ACTING LIKE A
SERVANT?
          2. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING, "WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND."
DOES THIS COME AROUND SO THAT WE SHOULD BE SERVANTS TOO?