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The Robe

November 4th daily blog devotional by Keith Wayne Edwards

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Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and [a]Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4 He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and [b]will clothe you with festal robes.” 5 Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.

6 And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you [c]free access among these who are standing here.


How many times do we put a filthy garment of negative perception on top of our beautiful robe of righteousness that we have received in the new birth? You’ve been born again through true repentance, and you felt you could do the works of Jesus right then, but oh! Then you see that growth is necessary for your walk with Jesus. You see that Jesus needs to be the Lord of your life in every area. Then the devil comes and starts whispering things in your ear like your no good! You are not really saved! You will never make it in this life! Here in Zechariah chapter 3, Zechariah the prophet is there to speak a message to the Jews about rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. The Jews became complacent and lost hope bringing a fifteen-year delay in rebuilding the temple. Joshua was a high priest who came to Jerusalem years before with Zerubbabel the governor with the first fifty-thousand Jews to return to Jerusalem under the King's orders. Zechariah saw a vision for Joshua. Satan was standing next to Joshua as an accuser. Wow! How many times does the enemy stand there to accuse us? Then Zechariah sees the angel in the vision rebuke Satan. This was so that Joshua could see who he is again through the eyes of God. Then the angel took the filthy garment in the vision off of Joshua and put a new revelation before him to show him his state of position as a priest. The greek word for remove in Zechariah 3:3 is cuwr and it means to come to an end, and the greek word for festal robes upon Joshua in the vision is machalatsah and it means a state of position. The branch in verse 8 is Christ Jesus coming from the Davidic tree being born as the branch or messiah, God the Son. Life application here is that sometimes we do put a filthy garment of negative perception on top of the beautiful robe of righteousness, and our life walk with Christ seems to come to a halt. We feel pain, guilt, misery, and every other sort of emotion that keeps us from advancing God’s Kingdom and living a fruitful life as a believer. I can hear the words of the Holy Spirit speaking to you now in this devotional. Take off that filthy garment of legalism and religion. Take off that filthy garment of negative things that family or even friends have spoken over you. Take off that filthy garment of lies that the enemy has told you. I can hear the Holy Spirit tell you that you are great. You are a child of the King. You are a chosen generation, new Jerusalem, living stones, and I clothe you now with a “revelation” of who you are. Let’s go from filthy garments to a fresh revelation of the robe of righteousness that God has already placed upon us in the new birth.


Prayer:


Lord, show us who we are in you. Let our hearts be enlightened, and that we may walk in a way worthy of our call in you. Holy Spirit break anything off of me that has caused negative goals. I pray that you show me who you made me to be because of your Son Jesus Christ.

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