Take off his filthy garements..

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”

Zechariah 3:3

Dear Friend

The bible is filled with so many demonstrations of the Father’s love towards us, his children. From Genesis to Revelation, it’s all about revealing the Father’s love and how he will stand with us against the accuser of the brethren. I would like to share this passage of scripture and what it means to us as spirit filled believers.

In the vision of Zechariah 3:3 Joshua represents not the Messiah but the nation of Israel. The angel of the Lord represents Christ.

This is not the first time the bible describes such a scene where satan presents himself in the courts of heaven in order to accuse someone. Remember Job?

In this particular scene, satan picks on the high priest Joshua. But in order to understand more of what was going in this vision, we need to have some background on Joshua.

Who was the high priest Joshua?

He was a Levite and descendant of Aaron in post-exilic Jerusalem in approximately 538 B.C. He is not the Joshua who was Moses assistant.. Joshua was the son of Jehozadak, the high priest” Haggai 1:1

Joshua’s assignment was to help rebuild the temple. Ezra 5:1-5

Somehow Joshua is caught up in a scene where satan accuses him.

Zechariah 3:3

The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.  The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”

Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.

What does snatched from the fire mean?

God has snatched the nation of Israel from potential disappearance in their captivity —

The angel then tells the people standing before Joshua to remove his

Filthy clothes” probably -pointed to sin/ defilement of the priesthood and the people and this being the reason that Satan was accusing Joshua who represented the nation of Israel.

After some research, I found out that the filthy clothes removed from Joshua, represents the promised future of Israel.

Fine garments which Joshua is clothed with are symbolic of imputed righteousness (see Isaiah 61:10).

The clean turban, which is placed on Joshua’s head, represents the restoration of the priesthood of Israel.

So, how does this partiular scene relate to us today?

Satan accuses you and I on a daily basis. The accusations can come through thoughts of not being good enough, dark thoughts, hopelessness, evil thoughts and the list goes on. He is constantly looking for someone he can put down by making life miserable. It is during these times that we must not forget that we have a high priest who has already rebuked him for you.

You were ”snatched from the fire ”(at the cross) and through the blood of Jesus all your sins have been washed away.

The Lord rebuke you satan!!