Every day God gives us new spiritual clothes to wear
Next I saw Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, with Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “May the Lord rebuke you, Satan! May the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Isn’t this man like a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood there before the angel. 4 The angel spoke up to those standing all around, “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely forgiven your iniquity and will dress you in fine clothing.
In this passage the prophet was given a vison of the high priest, who ministered in the Old Testament temple, offering up sacrifices for the sins of the people and offerings of thanksgiving for God’s goodness. Satan is standing at the right hand of the man of God, there to accuse him. This reminds us that evil in this world has a personality behind it. Satan comes to accuse us and to discourage us, hoping to turn us from the way of the goodness of God.
The Lord himself, in His limitless grace, stands up for Joshua and rebukes Satan. Joshua was not standing alone when facing the powers of darkness that sought to bring him harm. As followers of Christ, we also do not stand alone. God is at our side, protecting and delivering us. As we call upon him in our time of need, Jesus is there to rebuke the devil and deliver us. As we stand in steadfast faith, resisting the devil in Jesus name, he will flee from us (James 4:7). The Bible tells us that greater is our Savior within us than the devil we face in this world. We are in the hands of Jesus and nothing—no demon in hell—can separate us from His love (John 10:28; Romans 8:37-39).
Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes. This symbolized his sin and failures and his need for grace and forgiveness. This is the human condition. We stand before a holy God as sinners needing forgiveness and cleansing. Satan comers to condemn us and to say that we have done too much wrong. He tells us that God will never forgive us.
But the grace of God speaks more loudly and more truly. The Lord rebukes the lies of the devil and tells us all, no matter what our failures may be, that we can be forgiven and our lives cleansed. We can remove our dirty clothes. Through the death of God’s Son, who took our sins on the cross, we can be made clean—we can begin a new life.
The Bible says that God will dress him in fine clothing. God by His grace does a complete work—a transforming work. We are now children of God. We are freed from fear and the lies of Satan. God rebuked the devil, when Jesus died in our place on the cross and three days later rose from the dead. Grace now flows to us. God pours out His unending grace upon us to make us free. Every day He gives us new spiritual clothes to wear. Clothes of thankfulness and praise for all He has done.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for your love and protection. Thank you that in Jesus name I have no fear of the devil. You are my deliverer. Help me to live in the freedom of grace as your child. Thank you for taking off the filthy clothes of my sin. Give me this day my new fine clothes of thankfulness and praise so that my life might glorify you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
J & A