“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand[b] plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. 4 And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” 5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by.”
Zechariah had a vision of Joshua, the high priest, standing in the presence of “The Angel of the Lord” with Satan at his right hand. Satan was there to accuse him of wrong doing. The devil was there to throw Joshua’s past in his face. This is an example of Satan’s tireless efforts to discredit the people of God and hinder their desire to worship Him.
In the man of God’s vision, Joshua is clothed in “filthy garments” and the untiring accuser of God’s children was there to declare that he was tainted that no acceptable sacrifice could be offered to the Lord for his sin. Satan is always anxious to suggest to the people that they might as well stop rebuilding and reinstituting the worship of the Lord God because it’s too late and their sins have taken them too far from God’s presence this time.
Satan’s effort to discredit Joshua were a failure, it says that the Lord rebuked Satan, God told the devil to shut his mouth and “The Angel of the Lord” removed the “filthy garments,” which were a symbol of sin, and the Lord took away Joshua’s iniquity he and clothed him with “pure vestments” and a “clean turban” was placed on his head.
There is much that we can appropriate for ourselves from Zechariah’s vision as we too struggle with sin and Satan’s accusations on a daily basis. Sin can still a blight on our spiritual priesthood:
I Peter 2:9-12
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”
I Peter 5:6-9
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Satan is still as persistent as ever to accuse and discourage us in our every efforts to serve the Lord.
Satan is always there standing ready to accuse us, but the “Angel of the Lord,” whom we know to be our Lord Jesus Christ, stands as our Advocate:
I John 2:1
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Satan, the accuser is very real and we should take notice of an important fact mentioned in the text: the purpose for Satan’s presence was to accuse. We would be wise to consider the admonition given to the believer by Peter and James:
“Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him steadfast in the faith.”
"Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
The devil is a lie! He wants to keep us out of God’s presence and he will try anything and everything to accomplish his goal. He wants to get us to the point where we want to just throw our hands in the air and surrender to defeat and step back from the Lord. But I come with a word of encouragement; don’t do it stand strong, throw your hands in the air and begin to praise God instead. Stand strong in the Lord and know that God will give you strength to endure. The Lord tells us that He won’t allow more to come upon us than we can handle and Satan knows this, and he knows God’s burdens are light so he will take the smallest things and place it them a microscope to make your circumstances and burdens appear to be bigger and heavier than what they actually are.
Since I started this blog, I’ve really been battling the enemy. It seems as though once I told the Lord yes, the enemy has been working overtime to stop me. He is constantly reminding me of the failure of my past, and I have to say I don’t always dismiss his reminders so easily. I left the door wide open and Satan came in and stole from me what I should have been vigilant to protect. He is always saying things like, “No one cares what you have to say anymore, you’re sins have tainted your ministry and silenced your voice.
A few years ago that may have been true, but now it is just another attempt of the enemy to keep me out of God’s presence, another attempt to silence the anointing that God has placed on my life through His Holy Spirit. My pastor spoke a word over me last Sunday, “God is going to restore what Satan had taken from you.”
By the grace and mercy of my Jesus I have my voice back, I have the Holy Ghost’s presence and power back in my life, and I won’t let the lies of the enemy keep me from my calling. The devil is the one who should watch out because the wind has blown into my life and the dry bones have been restored. I am a born again Holy Ghost filled child of the Living God and a soldier in the Army of the Lord. No weapon formed against me can prosper and I’m on a mission to kick in the gates of hell! Who’s with me?