By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Zechariah 3 describes a high priest named Joshua standing before the Lord, and
Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. Also present was an angel, who
had to be Christ because angels do not judge.
Joshua was a real man, not just a type of Christ. He was the high priest during
the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. In Ezra 10:18 it appears that Joshua had married
a heathen woman; at that time, the worst way a Jew could defile himself was by
marrying a Gentile.
“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel”
(Zechariah 3:3). Joshua stands before the throne in his filthy garments, and
the devil is at his side, accusing him. Satan argued: “This man has broken Your
law and sinned against You.” The devil‘s accusations were correct: Joshua had
sinned and now Satan claimed Joshua for himself.
Beloved, this is exactly what happens with us. Satan comes before the throne of
grace to accuse us. He points at us and says, “You know all things, God, and You
see the compromise in this one’s life. If You are just, You must give me his
soul.” In Revelation 12:10, Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren” and
he stands before God right now to oppose you and me — to accuse us of sin.
That is when Jesus, our Advocate, steps up and says, “It is true, Father. He
has failed but there is faith in his heart — faith in the power of My blood.
I have paid for every sin he has or ever will commit.” Jesus then turns to
those standing by, “Take his filthy garments and put My robe of righteousness
upon his shoulders.”
Jesus said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan . . . Is not this a brand
plucked out of the fire?” (Zechariah 3: 2). What a picture! The devil was
forced to leave with a sound rebuke and Joshua walked away with a pardon, a new
garment and a crown of righteousness on his head.