Filthy Rags to Festal Robes

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and

Satan standing at his right hand to ACCUSE him.

The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan!

Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!

Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments

and standing before the angel.  He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying,

“Remove the filthy garments from him.”  Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

Zechariah 3:1-4

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So much goodness and truth jumps off of the page of scripture here…where to start??!!

Let’s start with this reminder…WE HAVE AN ACCUSER.  WAITING TO JUMP ON OUR CASE.

A TATTLETALE.

A POINTED FINGER.

And let us remember this…WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE, A DEFENDER…JESUS…WHO REBUKES THE ACCUSATIONS AND REBUKES THE ACCUSER.  

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  Who then is the one who condemns?  No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”  

Romans 8:33-34

So when accusations buzz in our ears let us rebuke them in the Name of Jesus, our Defender, the One who is interceding on our behalf, and listen to His Truth about us instead!!

Declare it…today I WILL choose TRUTH!!  Today I will hear the voice of Jesus and shun the voice of the enemy.  I will remember that He is FOR me, not against me!!  

Hear that He has chosen YOU. 

“Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

He has plucked us up out of the fire…out of the chaos…out of the MESS. We didn’t walk out of the fire alone.  We didn’t walk out of the pit on our own.  HE PLUCKED US UP.  HE SNATCHED US UP.

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”  Psalm 40:2

(Do you remember when He lifted you up??)

Remember that He gave you and I hope when we had none.  (Do you remember?  When His hope broke through to you like the sunrise??)

Joshua was standing in filthy garments.

So were we.

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The Lord said in verse 4…“Remove the filthy garments from him.”  Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

From Filthy to Festal.

That’s the exchange.

Ashes to Beauty.

The stench of Death to the Aroma of Christ.

(“For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ…”  2 Corinthians 2:15)

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Isaiah 61:10

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.”

Ezekiel 36:25

“Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love…”

    (Can we just meditate on that??  He DELIGHTS in UNCHANGING LOVE!!

It is His DELIGHT to show us

His unchanging…

His steadfast…

His unfailing…

His PERFECT love.)

“…He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot.  Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

        Micah 7:18-19

He has taken OUR dirty garments…and given us clean ones instead.  We have been given festal robes of our own…we are dressed for a celebration!!!  Our sins have been pardoned!!  We have been clothed by God (not by anything we have done…) in garments of salvation and robes of righteousness.

We are clean.

We are chosen.

WE ARE LOVED.

So…LET’S CELEBRATE!!!

Father, You are worthy of our praise.  You loved us so much, Father, that You sent us Your Son so that our filthy rags could be exchanged for clean ones.  Our rags of shame have been exchanged for celebration robes!!  We are clean in Your sight!!  Father, we celebrate You and Your perfect Love.  We celebrate Jesus who laid down His life for us.  Who made a way for us.  Who defends us and dances in victory with us!!  Our hearts are full of You!!  It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Blessings!!

Nicole

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16

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