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Mountains of Bronze

Zechariah 6:1 (ESV) – Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And the mountains were mountains of bronze.

The Bible uses imagery to communicate truth. Fire is a symbol of God’s purifying power. Water is often symbolic of the satisfaction of God with His people. Bread symbolizes Christ’s body. Light represents truth. There are many symbols throughout Scripture that are used to tell us something about the nature of truth.

We see that in our passage today. This text is from Zechariah. The four chariots may stand for the four major monarchies often discussed in Scripture. It could stand for the four Gospels. It could stand for angels who are referred to sometimes as chariots of God by the prophets. 

Then we have the two mountains of bronze. What do these represent? The decrees of God. God’s decrees are His eternal plans and counsels brought about in the world. Everything that unfolds in the world comes from His eternal decrees. These decrees are like mountains of bronze. They are immoveable. He executes His counsels, and nothing can thwart them, not even all the empires of the world. 

What comfort does “mountains of bronze” offer believers? We know God is at work in the world. His plans, like bronze, are fixed. They are set from the foundations of the world.

Our hearts can rest in peace knowing the LORD is over all things. His Word stands. His counsels stand. We are not left to fate or chance in the world. This comforts the people of God to trust His plans, even when we don’t understand them. 

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Reflection & Journal:
- Why is imagery so difficult to interpret in Scripture?
- What comfort is brought by knowing God’s eternal decrees are mountains of bronze?
- How should this text comfort those who trust God?

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