Zechariah 3:1-6; The vision of Joshua the high priest

So far Zechariah in this “word of the Lord to Zechariah” has received 3 visions (Angel of the Lord in the myrtle trees 1:7-11, four horns 1:18-21, measuring line, 2:1-5) and 2 proclamations (compassion 1:12-14, apple of eye 2:2-13).  The visions now continue, transitioning from showing God as the sovereign protector/guide to showing God as the compassionate savior.  Enter Joshua the high priest in 3:1-6.  He is in front of God, tired and disheveled with Satan on his right side accusing him and his people before God’s throne.  The Lord in His mercy rebukes Satan and renews Joshua.  I suspect this Joshua is a figurative person in this vision, his appearance representing us but his name and role foreshadowing “yeshua” our Messiah.

What a powerful reminder to us as the broken and disheveled ones.  God accepts and restores us through His own ministry to us through the Yeshua the perfect high priest (Jesus).  No matter where we find ourselves in life, we can begin anew and afresh as participants in God’s saving plan through faith in Him and in the ministry of Yeshua (see Hebrews 3:1-11 for both the picture of Jesus as high priest and the call to us to soften our hearts, hear his voice and follow Him).

Hebrews 3:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus Our High Priest

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; [a]He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,

Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as [b]when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
11 As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest.’”


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