August 5

Zechariah 9-14, Psalm 63

The image we like to portray about ourselves and what we truly are, are very different. We like to come off as confident, kind, giving, and always concerned for the welfare of others. Those who claim that they are good actually begin to believe this facade. The real question is how would each of us like an accurate presentation of all that we have done in the past shown on the news ticker in the middle of Times Square. How would each of us like one of the major news channels to do a documentary on our inner thoughts and motives, along with those things done in secret when we mistakenly think no one notices. The truth is compared to God each and every one of us are seriously flawed. The sooner we realize that without Christ we are like useless scraps of pottery, the sooner we realize our need for a Savior.

Today's reading is so full of Messianic prophecies both outlining His first and second coming. We read in Zechariah 11:10-13, "And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I may break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples. So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord. Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, "Throw it to the potter"-that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter." This section perfectly depict Jesus' message and mission. The staff called Beauty is Jesus, Himself. He was rejected and broken, like the staff, and in the process He destroyed the Old Covenant based on the law and replaced it with the New Covenant based on grace. The next section clearly presents what Judas did in his betrayal of Jesus as written in Matthew 27:3-10.

But we can't miss what the thirty pieces were used for, to buy the potter's field. A potter's field is filled with useless scraps and shards of useless pottery making the soil useless and worthless. We are like those broken pieces of pottery, sinful, useless and broken. But Jesus' sacrifice was used to purchase this useless field for thirty pieces of silver. In so doing, by the blood of Jesus, He purchased us. By His blood He purchased us with our nicks, chips, flaws, and failures, and reshapes and renews us into something of value and beauty. The pottery is incapable of doing this by itself, it needs a master potter. We read in Jeremiah 18:5-6, "Then the word of the Lord came to me saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the Lord. "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!" Once we give over our broken lives to the Master Potter, He will refine us through many fiery trials, but in the process if we remain in His hands, we will be shaped into something beautiful. May we all see ourselves for what we truly were and in Christ what we truly are. May we allow this process to continue in His hands as we release control over our lives to Him.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster