Zechariah Chapter Three
Read Zechariah 3:1-7 – Restoration of
v.1 “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.”
I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke
thee, O Satan; even the LORD that
God rebukes Satan severely.
have overthrown some of you, as God
v.3 “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.”
Joshua, the high priest, is depicted
as being clothed with filthy garments.
His condition represents the filth and pollution of the sins of
v.4 “And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raimenT [rich apparel].”
As the representative of
Micah 7:18-19 “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
These people must be preserved and obedient to the Mosaic Covenant for approximately another 550 years for God’s plan to be carried out to bring Christ into the world. This is the beginning of the end of the Mosaic dispensation.
v.5 “And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.”
They set a “FAIR MITRE” on his head. What is the prophet talking about? It is defined in my Bible Dictionary as “A turban made of linen and worn on the head of the high priest. On it was a golden plate with the words “Holiness to the Lord.”
Exodus 28:36-37 “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.”
v.6-7 “And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, 7Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.”
As the high
priest Joshua has two charges. First of
all he is to keep himself pure in his own manner of living. Secondly he has the responsibility as the
high priest to guide the Jews returned to
I Kings “And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”
If Joshua heeds these warnings he will then be able to carry
out the purpose that God has given him.
He will be able to work effectively as “the ruler and director of God’s
house”; i.e. the temple now under construction.
He will be able keep the Lord’s temple free for pollution and corruption. As a result he will have ready access to
Jehovah God for his own purposes and for the purpose as serving the people of
Read Zechariah 3:8-10 – Christ the Branch
v.8 “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”
Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:”
Jeremiah also spoke of Christ as a BRANCH:
Jeremiah 33:15 “In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.”
v.9 “For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”
This stone refers to Christ the Messiah to come. We have this term used in various places in scripture that are familiar to us.
Psalms 118:22 “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”
Jesus referred to his scripture in his own teaching:
Matthew “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”
The seven eyes refer to God’s ability to see with perfection all of the deeds and misdeeds of all mankind. God will provide compete oversight and protection.
v.10 “In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.”
“SHALL YE CALL EVERY MAN HIS NEIGHBOR” in the day that the “STONE” is laid before Joshua, the cornerstone of the church, all men will become neighbors. This is a prophecy is directly related to the coming of Christ and the church that he will build. If reflects the lessons that Jesus taught about who is our neighbor in Luke 10. It reflects the extension of God’s grace to all mankind, both Jew and Gentile as we see from Acts 10 through the end of the Revelation. When that day comes then the people of God will be at peace. This peace is depicted by the word picture of those sitting under their vines and figs trees resting from their labors; resting in peace and harmony with God and the world such as we find in:
Micah 4:4 “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.”
William L. Schwegler; Sunset