NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible

Duration: 365 days

THE IDENTITY DETERMINER

Zechariah 3–4

God’s Story

God pours visions into Zechariah’s view, peeling away the veil so he can see deeper realities.

First, God shows him Joshua, the high priest. He is standing before the angel of the Lord, but Satan positions himself at Joshua’s side to make accusations against him. God rebukes Satan: “How dare you accuse the one I have chosen!”

While Joshua stands clothed in filthy garments, the angel orders that he be given fine, clean garments. It is a picture: God has forgiven his sins. God charges Joshua to walk with him because he is symbolic of God’s servant, the Branch, who is to come. God tells Joshua his unbelievable plan: He will remove all sin in the land in a single day.

Then God gives Zechariah another vision: a gold oil lampstand flanked by two olive trees. The angel explains it is a message for Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” God says. The flowing lampstand oil represents God’s Spirit, who will see to it that Zerubbabel completes the temple. God exhorts that the day of small things is not to be despised; it is the start of something great.

The King’s Heart

God’s people were seeing their lives and their rebuilding efforts as “the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10). Joshua and Zerubbabel were the high priest and the “king” of a bedraggled people—a people who weren’t even a nation. Or so it seemed.

“You have no idea, do you?” God said through the visions. “You have no idea how I see you.” So God showed Zechariah what he sees.

Joshua wasn’t a dirtied, rumpled, beaten-down priest. Yes, he was being accused by Satan, but God himself stood up for him. God demonstrated how he—not Satan—determines Joshua’s standing. God had him clothed in purity because he had forgiven his sins. And Joshua wasn’t just a high priest; he was symbolic of God’s own servant, the Branch who will come. Joshua didn’t know this, but his own name has the same meaning as the God-Son who would come—“the Lord saves.” The Greek form of Joshua is Jesus.

In the same way, God showed who Zerubbabel truly was: A vessel of his very own Spirit. And God was going to rebuild his house through him.

These are no “small things.” God knew his people were viewing themselves inaccurately. So he showed them the true picture.

Insight

God told Joshua that if he serves him on earth, he would later serve God along with the angels (see Zechariah 3:7). We too would serve God in the presence of angels.

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