Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ZECHARIAH 3\\

In this chapter, under the type of Joshua the high priest, is showed
the state and condition of the priesthood, and of the church of God, in
his times; and in it are various promises concerning the true High
Priest, Christ, and of the efficacy and permanency of his priesthood.
The vision of Joshua is in the form of a judicial process: Joshua is
the person accused, and is described by his situation, standing before
the Angel of the Lord; and by the filthy garments he had on, which were
the ground of the charge against him, \\#Zec 3:1,3\\ The accuser of him
is Satan, who stood at his right hand; and his Judge is the Angel of
the Lord, before whom he was, \\#Zec 3:1\\. The sentence given against
his accuser is by way of rebuke, enforced by the Lord's choice of
Jerusalem, and merciful deliverance of this person; and, as given in
his favour, is an order to take his filthy garments from him, and
clothe him with change of raiment, and to put a fair mitre on his head;
which were accordingly done, \\#Zec 3:2,4,5\\ and a promise is made
him, by way of protestation, that if he would walk in his ways, and
keep his charge, he should judge his house, and keep his courts, and
should have a walking place among those that stood by, \\#Zec 3:6,7\\
and next Joshua, and those that were with him, are addressed as men
wondered at; and are called upon to hearken to a promise of the
Messiah, under the character of the Branch, \\#Zec 3:8\\ and under that
of a stone with seven eyes on it, and engravings in it, by whom the
iniquity of God's people is removed, \\#Zec 3:9\\ and the chapter is
closed with an account of the prosperity, peace, and safety of the
saints under the Gospel dispensation, \\#Zec 3:10\\.