Joshua, 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.”
I 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.
GOD’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. Zechariah 3:4-7
I don’t know about you, but I love this reading from the Prophet Zechariah, provided by the Message Bible translators.
Why do I like it so much? I’ll tell you.
First, it talks about stripping away our dirty, dirty sins. Yay! I love that they can be completely gone because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
It also speaks of God choosing Israel, when the Accuser wants him to make another choice. Remember: As wild branches grafted in, that promise is for US.
This text refers to God as “The God of Angel Armies”. What an image that title paints on the walls of my mind.
Finally, it makes a promise that if we are obedient with the small things, God will give us great things to do in his forever kingdom.
This passage is encouraging and rightly so, for God has great things in store for all those who will listen to Him, lean in for further instructions, use the puny strength they have for his purpose, and draw from His Mighty Strength to “get ‘er done.”
I love that!!!
We have the full strength and glory of God’s might and promise looming over us at any given moment in time. All we have to do to access it is grab it. That’s not easy, but it is simple.
Listen to God.
Follow His lead.
Be courageous in His service.
Allow His strength to flow through you.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!!!