Welcome back to Word Wednesday! This week, we look at Zechariah. Next week, we wrap up the Old Testament in Malachi. If you’re new to Word Wednesday, here’s the downlow… You read this week’s book, choose the verse God lays on you the hardest, and come here to tell us about it. I’m having so much fun in this. It’s really reminded me that each book is rich and living. No matter how long or how short, it’s relevant and beautiful and alive. I love His Word more than ever!
Zechariah 3:4 (NIV)–The angel sad to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”
Is there a more New Testament verse in the Old Testament than this one? It just makes you want to jump up and shout, “YES!”
Sad thing is, this is an easy verse to kind of skim right over. But if we put down some tent stakes and camp on it a while, God will show up and tell us a whole story around the campfire. It begins and ends with Jesus. If you’re like me, you know just how filthy (And isn’t that an awesome word? It’s past dirty. It’s pure ol’ nasty. Isn’t that what sin is?) your sins made you. There is a depth of awareness when God gets ahold of us that really makes us see how bad off we were in our muck. My problem is, I tend to focus on one or two “big sins.” Truth is, every sin is a “big sin.” And I daily (hourly, “secondly”) commit a new one. Daily, I get myself all dirty again.
And daily, Jesus clothes me in his rich garments. Oh man, that makes me want to cry. Every single day, Jesus cleans me up again. It’s not a once-for-all kind of thing… it’s a day-by-day, moment-by-moment occurrence. The amazing thing is, Jesus never shakes his head and says, “Know what? You got dirty one too many times and there are no more clean clothes.” Nope. He just keeps right on washing me clean. I’m not sure I’m equipped to handle that kind of love and grace.
That brings me to a bonus verse from Zechariah 4:6b–“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. He cleanses us by His Spirit. He helps us accept grace by His Spirit. He saves, protects, and redeems us by His Spirit. How great, great, great is our God!!!