Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

Part 1: In the Beginning... Jesus
Part 2: Jesus in Genesis
Part 3: Jesus in Judges
Part 4: Jesus in Zechariah
Part 5: Jesus in Jerusalem
Part 6: Jesus and Satan

Zechariah 3
“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2 And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.”

What a powerful event is taking place before Zechariah! Here he stands watching Joshua the high priest with Jesus on the one hand and Satan on the other! The predictable occurrence here is Satan working his evil to resist the will of God. But how assuring when Jesus rebukes Satan in the name of the LORD! Undoubtedly Satan is accusing Joshua of being unworthy to be in the Lord’s presence due to his filthy sinful nature; how ironic when Satan is the forerunner of sin. But Jesus stands as the intercessor making the proclamation that Joshua is a brand plucked from the fire. In other words Joshua was a charred piece of wood that was being consumed in flame, but Christ saved him from that fate and stands in his defense. Is it not a comfort to know that Jesus has pulled each of us from the fire and stands in our defense as His priests against our enemy Satan? But having been pulled from the fire did not mean Joshua was clean; he was in fact clothed in filthy vile garments (sin) as all of us are. Thus Satan resisted because Joshua (and each of us) are filthy and unworthy to stand before the Lord.

“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.
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.
6 And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying,
7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.”

This is what Christ does for each of us. He pulls us from the flame and because we’re clothed in filthy rags (sin), He by His death and resurrection takes our iniquity upon Himself therefore having the authority to change our raiment into new clean garments worthy to stand in the presence of the Lord. It is not by our goodness but by His sacrifice, grace, and mercy that we are delivered from the snare of Satan into the comforting realm of our Creator! Jesus then charges each of us that have been cleansed to keep His commands and abide in His will that we may be blessed to “walk among these that stand by,” that is in the eternal glory of heaven.

“Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.
9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
10 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.”

How is it that Jesus was able to remove the filthy garments and clothe Joshua in new raiment? It is because the Lord God would send the BRANCH which is His Son Jesus our Messiah. The Stone of Jesus Christ would in one day remove the iniquity of the world by transforming Himself into the great sacrifice for sin to all who believe in Him. And that gift is extended to every one of us even as it was to Joshua the high priest. We are now God’s priests and God’s people to receive his Mercy and commission to carry His Gospel into all the world, to every living creature!

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