The Bible Project overview was helpful for me as I waded into Zechariah’s dream sequence.
It’s good to remember that this message of Zechariah was applicable for the people in that time, and not just a Jesus foreshadowing we enjoy in retrospect. Yes, Jesus is foreshadowed in both the Davidic kingship of Zerubbabel and the priestliness of Joshua (even their names are related, carrying the meaning: YHWH is Salvation), and they would have taken it as another hint about their Messiah, but it also underlined the original function of those established roles as divine callings.
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.” (3:7)
As pointed out by the Bible Project guys, this book involves a lot of calling people to action. The LORD is going to do a thing, but it largely hinges on obedience. Throughout the history of the LORD’s people, we wonder and theorize about the theology of His part vs. our part. We don’t want to take a responsibility that dove tails into legalism or works-based salvation. We also can’t get away from the incessant calls for action. It’s somehow BOTH.
So while, we can soak up this book as a glorious future tribute to the Messiah, it is also strongly laced with exhortations to live accordingly. What does it mean that, “In that day every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.”? (3:10)
Remembering from Haggai that the people were feverishly rebuilding their houses and planting their vineyards, but yielding no fruit, this feels like a hint about obedience. When transformed by the Messiah (YHWH’s life example to humanity), embracing our own divine callings as His people will look like hospitality and generosity.
This is possible because we are given another chance. The filthy rages are replaced with festal robes and a clean turban. I love every reminder of how the LORD cleanses us. It’s so easy to get defeated or tangled in shame. That is never the LORD’s way. He says, “See I have taken away your iniquity.” (3:4)
Let us go forth and do something with our festal robes. Let us invite others in and walk in our divine calling. When we mess up, like we inevitably will, let us return to the LORD for fresh laundry and go back out. In this, His kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.