Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zechariah 3: The God Who Removes Guilt

If you're new to Old Testament history, this is going to be a confusing chapter. The truth it conveys is very simple: God removes our sin.

Zechariah 3 shows us the High Priest--the one who was supposed to offer sacrifices on behalf of the whole nation, and ask God to forgive their sins. But he was dressed in dirty clothing and Satan was accusing him of sin. The Lord rebuked Satan, and gave Joshua new clean clothes.

This is a vivid picture of the Christian life. When we accept the Lord as our Savior, He forgives our sin. All of it. Yesterday's sin, today's sin, tomorrow's. But sometimes we begin to feel guilty. In fact, Satan wants us to feel guilty. He wants us to question whether we are worthy to serve God.

We can choose to listen to God's word and believe that we are forgiven and He has clothed us in His righteousness--and stop carrying a load of guilt!

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. (Ephesians 1:6-8)

God has poured out His grace on us. He does not forgive or bless grudgingly or a little at a time. He gives us the riches of His grace, lavishly! Here are those verses in Ephesians, from the NLT version:

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:6-8)

I pray that you will praise God for His glorious grace today.


  1. AMEN, dear sister! As I lead 7 HYMNSPIRATIONS each week, it is inevitable that AMAZING GRACE will be sung during each one! I also love COME THOU FOUNT as its first line says, 'COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING, TUNE MY HEART TO SING THY GRACE! Stream so mercy, never ceasing, call for song of loudest praise..'' I tell those who sing with me in the facilities I get to lead in, that, 'If it wasn't for our Lord's marvelous, wondrous GRACE, I wouldn't be in this place!' Being called to, and appointed to, a writing ministry coupled with getting to lead hymns because of HIM, multiple times weekly, as well as during 'house calls' into personal resident's room in other buildings, has so blessed me these past 7 years that I can hardly wait to see the future unfold!! I also love the song, JESUS IS ALL THE WORLD TO ME, (MY LIFE, MY JOY, MY ALL!) It refers to us as his friend 6, yes, 6! times!! And, the song, COME THOU ALMIGHTY KING begins with HIM being KING, and ends with MY MAKER, DEFENDER, REDEEMER, and FRIEND! What a phenomenal song for expressing God's truly AMAZING GRACE!! He calls us FRIEND!!