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Morning and Evening

For the morning of November 27th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord." --Zechariah 3:1

In Joshua the high priest we see a picture of each and every child of God, who has been made nigh by the blood ofChrist, and has been taught to minister in holy things, andenter into that which is within the veil. Jesus has made uspriests and kings unto God, and even here upon earth we exercisethe priesthood of consecrated living and hallowed service. Butthis high priest is said to be "standing before the angel ofthe Lord," that is, standing to minister. This should be theperpetual position of every true believer. Every place is nowGod's temple, and His people can as truly serve Him in theirdaily employments as in His house. They are to be always"ministering," offering the spiritual sacrifice of prayer andpraise, and presenting themselves a "living sacrifice." Butnotice where it is that Joshua stands to minister, it is beforethe angel of Jehovah. It is only through a mediator that wepoor defiled ones can ever become priests unto God. I presentwhat I have before the messenger, the angel of the covenant, theLord Jesus; and through Him my prayers find acceptance wrappedup in His prayers; my praises become sweet as they are bound upwith bundles of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia from Christ's owngarden. If I can bring Him nothing but my tears, He will putthem with His own tears in His own bottle for He once wept; if Ican bring Him nothing but my groans and sighs, He will acceptthese as an acceptable sacrifice, for He once was broken inheart, and sighed heavily in spirit. I myself, standing in Him,am accepted in the Beloved; and all my polluted works, though inthemselves only objects of divine abhorrence, are so received,that God smelleth a sweet savour. He is content and I amblessed. See, then, the position of the Christian--"a priest--standing--before the angel of the Lord."

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