Today you should read: Zechariah 3
In this passage of Old Testament prophecy, we see several things that should encourage us as believers today.
First, in verses 1-3, we see God’s ultimate power over Satan. We know that Satan has limited rule and reign in our world. We saw this just a few months ago as we walked through the book of Job in Jumpstart. We also see this in the New Testament, where Paul is explaining to the church in Ephesus how they can protect themselves against the “schemes of the devil.” Here we see that God is rebuking Satan, showcasing once again that the battle between God and Satan is really not a fair fight. God is going to win, has already won the battle as Christ crushed the head of the serpent on the cross, and will defeat him once for all when he comes again. Be encouraged today, that even though Satan still has power, he is an injured foe who will be defeated once and for all at the return of Christ.
Second, in verses 4-5, we see a beautiful picture of the restoration and cleansing that the gospel gives us. We see a picture of Joshua who was standing in the filthiness of his sin before God, but God orders that his filthy clothes be taken away from him and that they be replaced with clean clothes. This is exactly what happens when Jesus saves us: he takes away the filthiness of our sin, and replaces it with the purity of his righteousness. No matter what you’ve done or how far you’ve gone, the stains of your sin are no match for the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.
Third, God promises to be with His people. He promises to restore those who walk with Him and seek Him. God says he will remove iniquity from the land, and he does this ultimately through the gospel. The reason this is so important is that in our fight to be more and more like Christ, it is easy to seek to do things to earn God’s love, not because we have already received all we could ever hope for in Christ. We must be reliant upon the grace of God in Christ if we want to see true life change occur within us and those with whom we minister.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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