Zechariah

 

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord , and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him…. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”

– Zechariah 3:1-5

In this passage we see Joshua, the high priest standing before the angel of YHWH (who is/represents YHWH Himself and is, I believe, God the Son: the pre-incarnate Christ) and he is in filthy garments. This is startling because the high priest was supposed to be the holy representative of the people, he was the one who carried the names of the people “on his heart” before God (Exodus 28:30)….if he was filthy in God’s sight, that didn’t bode well for the rest of the people. And, of course, Satan is there to bring a seemingly airtight case against the priest. Joshua is filthy and everyone can see it, the angel of YHWH is holy. There would seem to be no hope.

But startling, the angel of YHWH removes Joshua’s filthy garments and clothes him in pure vestments. This is an awesome foreshadowing of Christ! Jesus Christ, the angel of YHWH in our midst will be the one to remove the garments of our sin and to clothe us in the vestments of His righteousness, and HE will accomplish it “in a single day” (3:9) at the cross.

So, in this picture you see the Angel of YHWH with his hand on Joshua’s shoulder, having just silenced the accuser and clothed the priest in pure garments. However, I also wanted to show what that act would “cost” YHWH, what He would do in order to enable it, namely, the death (and resurrection) of Christ. As the God the Son purifies Joshua, it is on the merits of His own death and resurrection that He is acting. I added the filthy garments to the cross to show that the record of our iniquities (and, indeed, our iniquities themselves) were set aside and nailed to the cross at Christ’s death (Col.2:14). The halo around the angel of YHWH’s head is cruciform to point forward to the cross as well as to note his deity. And lastly, the serpent/accuser lies silenced under the heal of the pre-incarnate Christ because, his silencing in heaven before Joshua was a foreshadowing of the final head-crushing silencing that Christ would deal him at the cross.

6 Comments

  1. Cheryl Parker
    February 10, 2016

    This is such a great picture. Thank you for posting it.

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  2. Theo K
    April 4, 2016

    Your work is truly beautiful.
    Thank you so much for all the hard work!

    And I am so glad you have come to see that indeed the angel of the Lord is God the Son, the pre-incarnate Christ!
    This realisation shines so much light into the Old Testament, doesn’t it?

    All glory belongs to our beautiful Savior 🙂

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  3. Benjamin
    June 11, 2016

    Hey dear brother, its me again Benjamin from Germany.
    Well after this blessed sermon about Colossians 3,5-11 i am preaching about Colossians 3,12-14. So i like to use this piece of art to explain, what it mean, to be holy in the eyes of god. Cause god makes us holy through christ. And i think the story of Joshua explains it very well, that god puts him back in to service with his new turban (Genesis 28,36-37). So are we able to serve god and nobody can accuse us anymore.

    Thank you for your service,

    God bless you.

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    • Full of Eyes
      June 13, 2016

      Hi Benjamin, I hope my response reaches you in time. The answer is “Yes!” please feel free to use this picture as an illustration in your message.

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  4. Tiffany Raley
    July 11, 2016

    Hello! My husband (and myself) adores your artwork. I would like to give my husband a gift of some of your work on canvases for his church office. Are they available in canvas or digital format to be purchased? Thank you for your beautiful work.
    Tiffany

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    • Full of Eyes
      July 13, 2016

      Hi Tiffany, You can buy canvases through the Full of Eyes Zazzle store (http://www.zazzle.com/fullofeyes) OR, you can always feel free just to download the files and print them out at walmart (or your favorite printer)…I get something like a dollar or two per poster purchased on Zazzle, so its really not a big difference. I’m happy for you to download and print if that’s easier for you. I’ll send you an email with more info.

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