Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fourth Vision: Joshua's New Clothes


Talk about wild dreams!

The prophet Zechariah had dream after dream, and he remembered them, and recorded them, and they are the Holy Word of God, recorded and recounted over the centuries...

From wild horses, to a woman in a basket to a flying book...

The one that stood out to me today is the fourth vision - called simply, Joshua's new clothes.

Zechariah 3

Fourth Vision: Joshua's New Clothes

1 -2 Next the Messenger-Angel showed me the high priest Joshua.
o
So the subject of the dream is the man, selected by God, to be the high priest.
o
"He was standing before God's Angel..."
o
The man, Joshua is in the presence of the holy angel. Who comes along?
o
"...where the Accuser showed up to accuse him."
o
Satan.
Satan appears right alongside the man of God. The man is a sinner, and guess what Satan wants to do? Accuse him before God. (Just a reminder, Satan does that with you and I every single day)
o
"Then God said to the Accuser, "I, God, rebuke you, Accuser! I rebuke you and choose Jerusalem. Surprise! Everything is going up in flames, but I reach in and pull out Jerusalem!"
o
God, the righteous judge, the only holy One, is, ironically, DEFENDING his sinful creation - the man, Joshua.
Satan, who is evil and full of sin, is, ironically, ACCUSING Joshua, the sinful man who is in the place of leading people before the Almighty and Holy God!
o
Look what happens to Joshua next...

3 -4Joshua, standing before the angel, was dressed in dirty clothes. The angel spoke to his attendants, "Get him out of those filthy clothes," and then said to Joshua, "Look, I've stripped you of your sin and dressed you up in clean clothes."
5I spoke up and said, "How about a clean new turban for his head also?" And they did it—put a clean new turban on his head. Then they finished dressing him, with God's Angel looking on."
o
This, to me, is the entire message of the Bible. God made us. We have sinned. God has provided for us to be forgiven of our sin, and placed in right relation to God. We have been enabled to walk in communion and joy with God Almighty, our creator and Lord.

6 -7God's Angel then charged Joshua, "Orders from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: 'If you live the way I tell you and remain obedient in my service, then you'll make the decisions around here and oversee my affairs. And all my attendants standing here will be at your service.
8 -9"'Careful, High Priest Joshua—both you and your friends sitting here with you, for your friends are in on this, too! Here's what I'm doing next: I'm introducing my servant Branch. And note this: This stone that I'm placing before Joshua, a single stone with seven eyes'—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—'I'll engrave with these words: "I'll strip this land of its filthy sin, all at once, in a single day."
o
The result of God's work in our lives?

10"'At that time, everyone will get along with one another, with friendly visits across the fence, friendly visits on one another's porches.'"

No comments: