In response to this attack by the devil upon the seed of the woman, Yahweh created a new social and religious structure which would affect not only Judah but the world. What was happening in heaven would soon become evident on Earth.
As occurred with Job, Satan participated in this council as Joshua’s accuser ( Job 1:6–11; Job 2:1–7). Given the priest’s filthy clothing, this denunciation almost certainly concerned Joshua’s unworthiness to perform the duties required of his office.
Since God had chosen Israel for himself (Deut 4:37–38), the Lord rebuked the devil and said to the priest, “See, I have taken away from upon you your sin and shall clothe you with stately robes.”
After being dressed in new garments, Joshua received a clean turban to restore his priestly dignity, rendering him fit to approach the Lord.
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a) Read Zech 3:1–5. What was Satan doing? Based upon the state of Joshua’s clothing, was the devil correct in his assessment? How was Joshua made fit to serve as the high priest? What parallels do you see with your own experience?
[Related posts include God’s Servant, the Branch (Zech 3:6–10); Let Us Make Humanity (Gen 1:26); God Curses the Serpent (Gen 3:14); The First Good News (Gen 3:15); and The Accuser (Job 1:6–11 and Job 2:1–7)]
[Click here to go to Chapter 7: The Seed of the Serpent and the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:14–15)]
 Carol A. Newsom, “Angels: Old Testament,” ABD, 1:251–3, 251.
 George W. Ramsey, “Joshua (Person),” ABD 3:999–1000, 999.
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Mark J. Boda, Haggai, Zechariah (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004), 251.
 Matthews, Chavalas, and Walton, IVPBBCOT, Zech 3:4.
Ralph L. Smith, Micah-Malachi (WBC; Dallas: Word, 1998), 199.
 Boda, Haggai, Zechariah, 251.
 Smith, Micah–Malachi, 200.