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Zechariah 3

Chapter 3

3:1  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.

Joshua

The fifth vision discloses:

(1) The change from self-righteousness to the righteousness of God (See Scofield "Romans 3:21") of which Paul's experience, Philippians 3:1-9 is the illustration, as it is also the foreshadowing of the conversion of Israel.

(2) In type, the preparation of Israel for receiving Jehovah's "BRANCH" (See Scofield "Isaiah 4:2") . The refusal of the Jews to abandon self-righteousness for the righteousness of God blinded them to the presence of the BRANCH in their midst at His first advent Romans 10:1-4 ; Romans 11:7 Romans 11:8 Cf. Zechariah 6:12-15 which speaks of the manifestation of the BRANCH in glory (v. 13) as the Priest-King, when Israel will receive Him. See Scofield " Hebrews 5:6 ".

angel (See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

3:3  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

clothed See, Isaiah 64:6 Contra: Philippians 3:1-9 .

angel (See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

3:4  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.

clothe

(See Scofield "Genesis 3:21") .

3:5  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.

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

3:6  And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

3:8  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.

BRANCH

(See Scofield "Isaiah 4:2") .

3:9  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.

stone (See Scofield "1 Peter 2:8") .

seven eyes Cf. Zechariah 4:10 ; Revelation 5:6 .

3:10  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

that day

Zechariah 3:10 marks the time of fulfilment as in the future kingdom. It speaks of a security which Israel has never known since the captivity, nor will know till the kingdom comes. (Cf. Isaiah 11:1-9 ).

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