Saturday, December 19, 2015

Zechariah-4th Vision- How Our Sins Are Taken Away

By Mary Vee
Zechariah 3

From Zechariah's Journal

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An angel of the Lord visited me in a vision. It happened at night when I was alone.  Actually the angel ended up showing me several visions. This is the fourth vision. You can scroll down to past posts to read the first, second, and third visions.

The first vision happened while I was in Jerusalem. We were rebuilding the temple. Darius was in his second year of reign in Babylon. The second and third followed, all in the same night. This is the fourth vision I saw:

The angel pointed away from me. I saw Joshua, the high priest before the angel of the Lord. Satan stood to the right of Joshua. Satan accused Joshua of many sins. He yelled and pointed his finger at Joshua then faced the angel of the Lord and demanded the high priest be punished.

The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. Is this man not like a burning stick snatched from the fire?"

Joshua stood there, dressed in filthy clothes. The angel turned to some men who stood close by and said, "Take off his filthy clothes."

The angel of the Lord said to Joshua, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you."

I said, "Put a clean turban on his head." So the men put a clean turban on Joshua's head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord watched.

The angel of the Lord neared Joshua then and said, "This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'If you will walk in my ways 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 who are standing here."

The angel of the Lord then said, "Listen, O high priest, Joshua." He looked in another direction and said, "And your associates seated before you who are men symbolic of things to come." He turned back to Joshua and said, "I am going to bring my servant the Branch. 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. I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.

"In that day, each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree," declares the Lord Almighty.

Author's note: This vision foretells the coming of Jesus the Christ. He is the Branch, God's Son, the one who would have the power to remove sin and stand in our defense against Satan's accusations.

God showed Zechariah a few more visions. Come back next time to see the rest of the story.

source: Matthew Henry's Commentary volume 4, Hendrickson Publishers. 2000.

1.  Who was Zachariah? 
2.  Who did Satan accuse in this vision?
3.  Who did Satan take his case too?
4.  Who is the Branch?
5.  What would the Branch do for everyone who believed? 

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