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Zechariah 3:1-10, The Servant the Branch

Key Verse

Now listen, Joshua, high priest, you and your colleagues who sit before you! For they are an omen of things to come: I am going to bring my servant the Branch.
— Zechariah 3:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I had to look the subject up for today’s daily devotion. It never fails to amaze me how often I read new things in holy scripture, but perhaps that’s the way the Infinite One works—sending us new wisdom through old texts, allowing us once again to see with new eyes.

I couldn’t figure out what the writer for the Prophet Zechariah was referring to when mentioning the “Branch.” So, I did like most modern biblical armchair scholars do; I went to Google.

As it turns out, the Old Testament prophets Ezra, Nehemiah, and Haggai were largely concerned with the repatriation of the Jews from Babylon, and consequently the reconstruction of Jerusalem and its temple, which would be led by the high priest, Jeshua, and the governor of Judah and descendant of David, Zerubbabel. Basically, from my understanding, Zechariah is referring to another prophet to deliver a similar message and bring about the restoration.

How does this relate to us today? I’m not sure it does, at least directly. But what it does tell us is that change is often brought about by many players, all working together toward similar goals. Many of our faith communities today are like this—churches have members, different leaders and pastors, and committees that function more or less to serve the mission of the church. Community, it seems, has always been a dominate theme within the human experience.

Thank you, God, for the “branches.” The different people with different gifts to bring about your grace in a world hungry for your message of love. Amen.


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