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Monday, September 17, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Zechariah rocks

I've done quite a number of posts on how cool the OT is, but here's another. I was reading Zechariah today and noticed a few passages that really caused me to stop and think.

Zechariah 3
3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan [1] standing at his right hand to accuse him. 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 [2] plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. 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.” 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.
Isn't this so cool? We see Satan standing at the right hand of Joshua the high priest (not the successor of Moses, but another one), accusing Joshua. And he's standing there clothed with filthy garments. But God declares that Joshua is like a brand plucked from the fire. Rescued from certain destruction.

Remove the filthy garments and clothe with pure vestments! Iniquities taken away and replaced with righteousness (of Christ)! How cool is that?

And here's another, Zechariah 12 -
6 “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

Does anyone else see the clear parallel between this and the covenant with Abraham, where God has a smoking pot and a flaming torch pass between the pieces of the animals that Abraham cut up?
Genesis 15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give [3] this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
Makes me wonder if there is additional imagery to the Genesis 15 passage.


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Blogger Evan said...

I love the consistent theme throughout the Bible. Not our own righteousness, but that given us by God!

I have to say, however, that phrases like this catch my eye as well:

And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!"

Love it.  


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