SATAN THE ACCUSER, THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND GOD.
Through the ages, dressing has always attracted attention and comments-accusation, gossip, condemnation or commendation. In the Nigerien context, this has never attained its peak controversy as it has, in the 21st century. The century has witnessed such an attention attracting change in the way people dress, that I have seen for the first time in my lifetime. Parts of the human body that ordinarily would have been strictly hidden, are now exposed and deliberately so. The accusing finger of man points at the ills of physical dressing. What about spiritual dressing? Who is the accuser? Strangely not man, for man is comfortable when he chooses sin for his dressing. Yet while man keeps quiet, the devil points the finger and brings the accusation. He does this particularly against the children of God when he wants to pick a pound of flesh with them and to make none sense of God and his servants.
Zacharia 3:1-6 is a vision.
Jeshua was Israel’s high priest when the remnant returned to Jerusalem from Babylon after the exile. He with other returnees began rebuilding the walls as reported in Haggai 1:1; 12:2-4.
Jeshua representing the nation of Israel, is here accused by satan. These accusations were not in error, they were correct. Jeshua in filthy rags represents sins and sinful Israel. God however chose to reach out to his people in mercy, revealing that it is his prerogative to save his people in spite of their sins. God knew about the sin of his people, but satan was the one in the forefront of accusing them.
God had punished Judah through the fiery fire of great trials. They had come under the sword, been plundered and visited by plagued. But God had rescued them from the fire before they would be completely destroyed. This had done like would be done to a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.
What is the lesson for us who are God’s children today?
His robes of righteousness and holiness then, reverse our looks and revive our souls. This ever proactive and responsive act hit its peak when “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so in him, we might become the righteousness of God” (2Cor. 5:21)
Do always remember that the clean clothes of Christ’s righteousness and holiness are always there to dress the repentant sin stained and sin filthy believer anew. Dressed by the Lord himself, your worth is no more in doubt as it is fully restored. Always have it behind your mind that no matter how stinking your sin may be, Jesus is ever ready to dress you a new. Just come, stand before him as you are in humility and total submission to him and you are sure to go away a new person both internally and externally dressed- your heart dressed anew and body dressed not any less.
Are you struggling in sinful rags? Have you been to Jesus for the redress touch? Have been to Jesus’ boutique? Are you dressed from the lamb’s latest wardrobe? Then you are indeed dressed and if under him you remain for continuous new dressing, then on that one and great day, the marriage supper, at the marriage banquet, you will not be thrown out.