Summary: If you belong to God, the devil cannot take you away.
God Will Give You a Clean Heart
Sept. 16, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
B Zechariah was a prophet who ministered to Israel after the Babylonian captivity.
1 Zerrubal was the governor (civil affairs) & Joshua was the high priest (spiritual affairs) of Israel.
a Our text today unfolds like a program on Court TV
aa Joshua: accused
bb Satan: accuser (prosecuting attorney)
cc God: Judge
dd Angel of the Lord: advocate (Jesus)
b Believers, we will identify with Joshua because we are priests, too (you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 (NASB)), and priests have duties, jobs to do, ministry to perform.
2 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?" 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4 He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, "Remove the filthy garments from him." Again he said to him, "See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes." 5 Then 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, while the angel of the LORD was standing by. Zech 3:1-5 (NASB)
C Let’s look at the two sides in God’s courtroom this morning.
I The guilty
A Joshua, the high priest, was wearing "filthy rags".
1 Priests had been instructed (Ex. 28:39-43, 30:17-21) to keep themselves (& their garments) immaculately clean on penalty of death. They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him. Ex 28:43 (NASB)
a The garments were "for glory and for beauty" For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. Ex 28:40 (NASB)
b As Joshua stood before the living God, his Creator wearing filthy rags.
aa It was not a drop of gravy on your tie, grease on your blouse...this was no small stain.
bb According to Merrill Unger, "filthy" can be translated as "excrement-covered".
2 Can you imagine how Joshua felt?
a Have you ever spilt/dropped something on your blouse/shirt & had to keep it on for the rest of the day? (Embarrassed, uncomfortable, ashamed, self-conscious).
b Joshua’s garments must have...
aa Been an embarrassment personally (ashamed)
bb Been an offense to the law of God (ashamed3)
c As God looked at Joshua with his "filthy rags", He saw neither "glory" or "beauty".
B Satan, the accuser, was pointing out that Joshua was sin-stained.
1 The very word "Satan" itself means "adversary", & refers to the enemy who resists God’s work & God’s people.