Zechariah 3: Clean Clothes
In Zechariah 3, we have Joshua the high priest. Presumably, this is not Joshua of Jericho fame, and even though Joshua means Savior, I don’t think we’re talking about Jesus Christ here either. Rather, I think that he is religious leader, and I also think that he had challenges.
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4 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.
Zec 3:5 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.
The symbolism of the vision seems rather obvious. Even though he was a high priest, his garments were filthy. He had a privileged position, but he still needed to be cleansed by God. You would think that if he knew he was going to be standing before God he would have cleaned himself. However, it is obviously he did not do that.
I am not sure that it was for lack of trying. I think that the bottom line is that he was not able to do it himself. The cleansing could not could not come from the inside.
What is that mean for us? We can try to fix ourselves. We can try to become better people, but even people who might be highly trained in the things of God have faults. We’re not perfect, and we can never do it on our own.
As a result, we need to come before God like Joshua did and get this new clothing. God is the source of our transformation, and our minds and lives can be renewed.