Thursday, January 23, 2020
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘If you will walk in My ways, And if you will keep My command, Then you shall also judge My house, And likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk Among these who stand here. 8 ‘Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.” –Zechariah 3:7-8 (NKJV)
vv. 7-8 By the guilt of our sins we are detestable to God’s justice, and by the power of our sins we are abhorrent to His holiness. For us who belong to the Branch, Christ, we will be enabled to cast off the filthy rags of corrupt affections and lusts and will be clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness. Only then can He place us in positions of honor and trust in His service.
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. died six weeks after naming his son as the new head of IBM, the company the elder Watson had led for more than forty years. The junior Watson said his promotion made him “the most frightened man in America.” But he took the helm and led IBM into the computer era and ten-fold corporate growth. His success was made possible, he said later, by his dad’s confidence in and acceptance of him during his college years, when he was more interested in flying airplanes than in studying or applying himself. (Today in the Word, February 7, 1997, p. 14).
Father, thank you for Your acceptance of us, even when we were yet sinners. You see us as you created us to be, and as we will be not as we are.
What admonishment does the angel of the Lord give to Joshua? (Zech. 3:7)
Who is the Lord going to bring in? (Zech. 3:8). To whom does this refer?