Zechariah 3 has the prophet seeing a vision with God, Joshua and Satan in it. “Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him”. Zechariah sees the High Priest in the presence of the Lord (standing before the Angel of the Lord), and he is clothed with filthy garments. Joshua isn’t in God’s presence just as a spectator but as a ministering priest. Satan was accusing Joshua of not being fit to stand before the Lord in his filth. This is exactly what we should expect from Satan. He will be our accuser and will tell God we are not worthy to be in His Kingdom.
Unfortunately, he’ll be right. Sin will prevent us from the opportunity to just enter into God’s presence. It covers us in filth. But as God dealt with Satan during this vision, He’ll also deal with Satan’s accusations when we stand before Him at judgment day. Satan can’t condemn us to hell. He can only attack and accuse. The question will be how we answer God’s questions about our sin. What have we done with Jesus and the grace offered to cover our sin? If we answer that Jesus is our Savior and Lord and we’ve received the free gift of grace God provided, we’ll hear the same words as Joshua did. “I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments”. If not, the accuser will get his way and we’ll spend eternity apart from God.
God promises a fantastic future to Joshua if he walks with Him. “If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here”. God promised Joshua that he would continue to serve as High Priest if he was diligent to stay obedient to God. How we live matters. It’s the second part of the discussion we’ll have with God on judgment day. One question determines where we spend eternity – the question of what we’ve done with Jesus and our sin. The second is about how we spend that eternity which is based on how we live and walk with God and His commandments to us.
The vision goes further to show the breadth of God’s redemption and love. God is creating a picture of what will be for those who walk in His ways. “In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under his fig tree”. This is a powerful way for God to remind us that we can receive protection and prosperity and peace if we walk with God. This vision and word from Zechariah shows how much God wanted to encourage and strengthen Joshua, and He does it in the best way: setting his eyes on our Messiah, Jesus Christ. That’s our best encouragement also. Jesus is the answer, yesterday, today and forever. Are your eyes on Him?