JULY 12 - Isaiah 54:17 and Zechariah 3:1-4

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17
“And He showed me, Joshua, the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?’
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel. And he answered and spoke 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.’
Zechariah 3:1-4
Memory Catcher: I split Joshua’s name in half and utilize the first three letters to remind me of Satan and his evil attack … and the last three letters reminding me of Christ’s final and full authority to defend His own.
Judged Of Satan/ Holy and Upheld by the Almighty.
This passage speaks to the state we find ourselves in apart from Christ … and Joshua reminds us that none are exempt.
Serving the respected role of "acting" high priest, Joshua performed the highest God-given calling of man: High priest over all of Israel; the man who brought sins before God on behalf of the people and made restitution for them in God’s place; the man who acted as Mediator and Holy covenant carrier, in the stead of Christ.
But here, Joshua is not only a high priest, but a condemned one.
Satan appears, advances, and attacks and, interestingly stands at his right side, in the launching of accusation. Scrutinizing, condemning, declaring his guilt, Satan has much to work with based on attire alone.
The priest was clothed in filthy apparel unfit for one in such station.
Everything about Joshua, in that moment, pointed to Joshua’s guilt and sinful status.
What Joshua felt like in that moment is anyone’s guess, but I would assume he felt the weight of his own guilt, shame, sin, regret, and remorse … all in that one horrific moment.
Hmmm …
Ever been there?
Ever heard the launching attacks of Satan, standing on your right, reminding you of your filthy garments, your unrighteous acts, your unholy words, your unfit position before Christ?
Have you ever felt a moment of horrific shame, guilt, and horror at who you are in the presence of Christ?
I have.
But so have I heard the defense and witnessed the power of my righteous Defender:
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.”
Zechariah 3:5

God’s justification trumps Satan’s accusation,
And seated at His right hand sits His able and interceding Son.
He has the final word and His final word will stand.
He is altogether holy, righteous, and sufficient.
There’s not a man on earth or a Satan beside who can rob God of the life He came to give and the life He stands to defend.
Because of Christ …
We are presumed guilty but declared righteous;
We are assumed filthy but pardoned and cleansed;
We are covered in filth but clothed in holiness.
It is Christ who defends …
His word shall stand.
“Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Romans 8:33-34

Precious Father and great Defender,
For Thy holiness and Thy hand on my life, I give thee thanks.
Helpless and hopeless is my case before Thee;
But hopeful and holy is my life because of Thee.
Thank you for presiding over me.
Let the defense of Thy word stand as my able and ready justification.
Let me stand on the promises and be blessed by Thy presence.
For Thy able defense,Thy righteousness, and Thy holiness applied to me ... 

I give Thee thanks.
Thou hast supplied for me.