It’s a remarkable scene really. Zechariah was God’s prophet to Israel as they returned to Jerusalem following their exile in Babylon. As is the case anytime people attempt to turn (or return) to God, Satan will try to interrupt that meeting. But God’s time of discipline for Israel had ended, so He was bringing His children home under the leadership of the high priest, Joshua.
Then he [God] showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” (Zechariah 3:1-2)
You see, Joshua was standing there not in the holy garments of a priest, but in filthy rags. He too had been guilty of sins and was unworthy to serve God – and Satan was more than willing to remind Joshua of his guilt. Yet, to Joshua the Lord said, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you” (3:4) Thereafter, Joshua was to rebuild the temple of God!
Friends, if you’ve confessed your sins to the Lord, He has removed your filthy rags and dressed you in fine garments. He has snatched you from the fires of hell and wants to use you for His service! Only the adversary of your soul would tell you anything different.
While it’s not clearly stated here, I wonder if God doesn’t want us to remain a burning stick in His hands. Not burning with the fire of hell, but full of light and zeal for Him. Far too often we allow the flame to die out completely. Yet, we’ll remain more useful to our Lord if we retain a fire that attracts others to Him, and warms our cold weary neighbors along the way.
Christian, you’ve been snatched from the fire – are you still burning for Him? –Dave
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