Zechariah 3 – “Joshua Encounters God”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
Zechariah sees Joshua the high priest standing before a divine council. God rebukes the Satan, promises to remove Israel’s guilt, and vows to bring peace to the land.

II. Photo
God will bring prosperity: “In that day — declares the Lord of Hosts — you will be inviting each other to the shade of vines and fig trees.” (v. 10)

III. Select Verses
1-2: He further showed me Joshua, the high priest, standing before the angel of the LORD, and the Accuser standing at his right to accuse him. But the angel of the LORD said to the Accuser,“The LORD rebuke you, O Accuser; may the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! For this is a brand plucked from the fire.”
3-4: Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garments when he stood before the angel.  The latter spoke up and said to his attendants, “Take the filthy garments off him!” And he said to him, “See, I have removed your guilt from you, and you shall be clothed in [priestly] robes.”
6-7: And the angel of the LORD charged Joshua as follows:  “Thus said the LORD of Hosts: If you walk in My paths and keep My charge, you in turn will rule My House and guard My courts, and I will permit you to move about among these attendants.
10: In that day — declares the LORD of Hosts — you will be inviting each other to the shade of vines and fig trees.”

IV. Outline
1. Joshua stands with God’s angel and the Satan
2. God will reprimand the Satan
3-4. Joshua removes his filthy clothes and the interpretation
5. Joshua is given a headband
6-7. Joshua is told to follow God and promised a reward
8-9. Act and its interpretation
10. Future blessing

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Photo taken from http://www.roomu.net/files/user2/parras.jpg