CONTEXT: From Dr. John Gills Commentary:
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, Zechariah 3:1 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, Zechariah 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, Zechariah 3:2 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, Zechariah 3:6 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, Zechariah 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, Zechariah 3:9 and the chapter is closed with an account of the prosperity, peace, and safety of the saints under the Gospel dispensation, Zechariah 3:10.
Our text for today makes it clear who is in charge of the situation, And the angel can only refer a member of the Godhead for only they could silence Satan the accuser. While it is clear from the Hebrew text that the intent was to prophesize the revival of the Jewish nation after its long Babylonian exile, we can look at it with a modern and personal application.
Joshua represents us, the believer, constantly being accused before our High Priest, Christ Jesus. It is important to note where Joshua is, directly standing before the angel of the Lord. The is the position that every TRUE believer needs to be in. Not some lollygagger hiding in the shadows, no business standing before the idols of this world but directly in front of the one and only true High Priest, Hebrews 4:14-16.
It is only Christ the redeemer who can transform our filthy rags (sin nature) into clothes as white as snow. He and He alone paid the price at Calvary for all mankind’s sin.
Are your clothes as clean as new-fallen snow today?