You Are Not Accused!
02 June 2019, 11:15
A. Zechariah’s vision starts with a scene of judgement.
• Zach. 3:1-2 1Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2And the LORD said to Satan, “the LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”
1. The background.
a. Zerubbabel and Joshua the High Priest have led the people back from Babylon to Jerusalem and have rebuilt the altar of the temple which had been destroyed.
b. They received opposition from the inhabitants of the land.
o Ezr. 4:4-5 4Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build 5and bribed counsellors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia
c. The building of the temple has ceased for 16 years.
o Ezr. 4:24 Then the work on the house of God that is in Jerusalem stopped, and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
2. Joshua stands as Israel’s national, spiritual representative.
a. He stands clothed with filthy garments.
o Zach. 3:3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments.
b. Satan is rebuked from those God has chosen.
o Zach. 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “the LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”
3. Israel’s sin is taken away.
a. Joshua’s filthy garments represent sin.
b. They are removed.
o Zach. 3:4 And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”
4. A new turban.
a. The prophet interjects that Joshua needs a new turban.
o Zach. 3:5 and I said, “let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by.
b. Joshua’s turban represents holiness and the authority of his office.
B. The promise to God’s people.
1. The Angel of the Lord gives Joshua a charge.
o Zach. 3:7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.
2. The promise of a future saviour.
o Zach. 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.
a. This is a prophetic word about Jesus.
o Zach. 3:9a For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts…
o Act 4:11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
b. The cross is what fulfils the promise.
o Zach. 3:9b …and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day.
Jesus’ love, Chuck Day