“My servant who called for the branch” (Zech 3:1-10)
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”
Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.
6 The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: 7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
8 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
The vision reveals the character of the Redeemer, God who solves the sin that is, the stumbling block to contrast against the new work. Joshua in the dirty clothing means the miserable state of Israel. First of all, God demolished the avocation of Satan and put the new clothe and new crown on him. And also in the future the new branch will come out on the earth.(88 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch.) We received this grace and shall receive it more abundantly in order to enjoy the redemption of our Lord as new branch. Today we want to know who the new branch and what did he give us. If we know the branch we can see the glorious blessing in our heart. What kinds of blessing is it?
I. He removed all sins eternally.
The text is as the scene of Job chapter1:1-3 (1) Joshua who stands up on the heaven court was accused by Satan. Jehovah rebuked Satan two times, “ “And he took off his dirty cloth and made to put on his body new cloth and new crown. (4-5) and said that he shall keep my law and shall my house and my yard. (6-7) Here we can learn two things about the remission. 1) Sin brings the failure absolutely to us. The destruction of Israel comes out of the sins. It is the not the negative sin but the positive sin. The spiritual sin of leaders is more dangerous. 2) Only the angel of the Lord can clean all sins. Because of the condemnation of Jehovah, the accuse of Satan did not be admitted by God. God rebuked that they cannot accuse them again. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
“(4) The Angel of Jehovah or, Jehovah points reality of our Lord Jesus Christ. The death of the Lord can forgive our sins. (Heb10:17) We should not search for the reasons to lose the power and rejoice. How do we have as we did not positive things? We have to return to the fullness of Holy Spirit, the failing love and the help to our neighbors out of the ceasing prayer.
II. He came as our branch.
In verse 8-10 we can see the new work of God in the vision. It is the work of new branch that is the vision of coming of Christ at the eschatological time. “‘Listen, High Priest, Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch.”
(8, Ish11:1 Rem23:5) What shall the branch work? 1) He will begin with new ministry. As the second man or, the last Adam he will clean away all sins and accomplish new thing. He shall complete the new branch movement, the mustard movement and the yeast movement, not the a burring stick snatched from the fire 2) (II Cor.5:17) When they attach to Christ he can product the abundant fruit. (Jn15:5)
2) Through the work of Holy Spirit the effective of remission will be made eternally. The stones that are established before Joshua point Christ. In verse 9 seven eyes in the stones and inscription engraved means the Holy Spirit that is sent on the entire world. He made Christ’s merit to be effective. “See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.”
The work of seven devils will be counterfeit but the one of seven Spirit will be absolute. The Cross of Christ will be revealed the effective by the power of Holy Spirit. 3) True spiritual fellowship will be accomplished by God. Verse 10 said to us the abundant life at the day. ‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty
The people points the Christians of the New Testament. The day will reveal the spiritual fellowship in the Holy Spirit. The Lord who was expressed by the servant of Jehovah, the angel of Jehovah or, Jehovah works before 2000 year and now works in the Spirit. Expect the new work. Receive the remission. Expect the abundant fellowship in Christ. Let’s go to this blessed place.
III. We should bring up the fruit be abiding in the branch.
As a weak branch Jesus Christ came into the earth to bring up his abundant fruit in the world. Although he is very weak branch and ugly face , he is so strong and beautiful in the earth and in the heaven. So his small branches as the churches we can bring up the abundant fruit in the world. Jn15:5 says “ “ What is the a condition? It as to abide in him. What does it mean? It is to communicate to Christ and intimacy with Christ. What kinds of fruit? There are two kinds in it. One is the character fruit. Soon this is the fruit of the Spirit to reveals character of God by the Holy Spirit in the world. AND THE ANOTHER IS THE EVANGELISM FRUIT. IT MEANS TO MAKING DESICIPLE IN THE WORLD. How can bring up much fruit? It abides in the branch.
Specially we live in the day of eschatology in the last day. Our goal must be taken much fruit . it is to restore God’s image, righteousness, mercy and faithfulness. Through much prayer and much meditation we can taste to bring up the abundant fruit in our lives.
According to Zechariah ‘s prophesy, the branch came on the earth. He accomplished all plan of our sovereignty God. In the branch we can be changed into the image of God. in Cambodia we have to follow the image to the world.
Therefore we have to attach on the mission to evangelize in the village.
Let’s response to the Lord’s calling.