The Four Horses

God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 6:1-3 which says:

“I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful.”

All of these horses came down from  heaven to search throughout the earth. The black one to the North country, the white to the West, and the dappled to the South (Zechariah doesn’t mention the red horse). They had come down from the presence of the Lord to look through the Earth.

I don’t want to sound to “spiritual” but I see that each of these horses represents something; I’ll start with the black horses. The black might represent the uncleanness of our sins; the darkness that each of us has when we are born. The dappled horse might represent how some people attempt to clean themselves and make themselves white; when they are still dirty and sinful. As a summary of the black and dappled horses; they might represent the terrible sin that each of us has.

That sin is what causes us to be worthy of death. The littlest lie, or the smallest bad thought makes us worthy of death. But that is why God sent a sacrifice in our place! Jesus Christ came down to die for us on a cross! Jesus took that black sin upon Himself and died for us so that we might live! Jesus loved us so much that He became our sacrifice and died like a criminal to save us from the wrath of God, and to give us the right to become the children of God.

But where do the red and white horse come into this? Well the red horse might symbolize Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross. Us, black sinners, were saved by the red blood of Jesus on the cross! Our own efforts didn’t do anything, we were still black. But Jesus’ blood washed us clean of our sins.

Still waiting for the white horse? That horse might have 2 meanings; the first would be the holiness and cleanness of God. He is pure and holy; like a white robe if you will (not that a white robe is holy, but you get the idea). The second meaning would be the holiness of us after we have been washed clean of our sins. We are clean and pure because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross! Praise the Lord!

As a summary: we were unclean “black” sinners who deserved to die because of our sins. Even though we might try to clean ourselves by good works or any other way; we were still sinners who deserved to die. But Jesus, who is pure and clean, shed His blood for us on the cross! Now we are pure and clean; we have the right to become God’s children!

Like I said before; I don’t want to sound to spiritual, but this is what I saw today.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland


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