BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | REVIEW
TEMPTED TO DO IT YOUR WAY |
8.13.17 OUTLINE | ACCUSED BY THE FATHER OF LIES
INTRODUCTION | CHAPTER 10 | ACCUSED BY THE FATHER OF LIES
PUTTING THE ACCUSER IN HIS PLACE
The Lord Rebukes Satan
The Lord Removes Our Filthy Garments
The Lord Admonishes Us To Respond
RECOGNIZING A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE
The Devil And The Holy Spirit
THE QUICKSAND OF ACCUSATION
The Unpardonable Sin
TEACHING TEXT | ZECHARIAH 3
ZECHARIAH 3:1-9 NLT 1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosenJerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said 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 fine garments on you.”
5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.
6 The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: 7 “This is what the LordAlmighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
8 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LordAlmighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
ANDERSON | “ONE OF THE MOST COMMON ATTITUDES I have discovered in Christians—even among pastors, Christian leaders, and their wives and children—is a deep-seated sense of self-deprecation. I’ve heard them say, “I’m not important, I’m not qualified, I’m no good.” I’m amazed at how many Christians are paralyzed in their witness and productivity by thoughts and feelings of inferiority and worthlessness.
Next to temptation, perhaps the most frequent and insistent attack from Satan to which we are vulnerable is accusation. By faith we have entered into an eternal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, we are dead to sin and alive to God, and we now sit with Christ in the heavenlies. In Christ we are important, we are qualified, we are loved.
Satan can do absolutely nothing to alter our position in Christ and our worth to God. But he can render us virtually inoperative if he can deceive us into listening to and believing his insidious lies accusing us of being of little value to God or other people.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 151). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
ACCUSER | PUTTING THE ACCUSER IN HIS PLACE
ZECHARIAH 3:1-3 NLT 1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosenJerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.
THE LORD REBUKES SATAN
ANDERSON | “Look at the cast of characters in this scene which resembles a heavenly courtroom. The judge is God the Father. The prosecuting attorney is Satan. The defense attorney is Jesus. And the accused defendant is Joshua the high priest, who represents all of God’s people. Historically, when the high priest entered God’s presence in the holy of holies each year, it was a very solemn occasion. The priest had to perform elaborate purification rites and ceremonial cleansings before entering, because if somehow he wasn’t just right before God he could be struck dead on the spot. The priest wore bells on the hem of his robe so those outside the holy of holies could tell if he was still alive and moving. A rope was tied around his ankle so he could be dragged out of the inner sanctuary if he died in God’s presence.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 153). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE SCENE CONTINUES 24/7 | SATAN CAN’T MAKE IT STICK | WHY NOT?
ROMANS 8:33-39 NLT 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ANDERSON | “When Satan’s accusations of unworthiness attack you, don’t pay attention to them. Instead think to yourself, “I have put my trust in Christ, and I am a child of God in Him. Like Joshua the high priest, I have been rescued by God from the fire of judgment, and He has declared me righteous. Satan cannot determine a verdict or pronounce a sentence. All he can do is accuse me—and I don’t buy it.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 154). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE LORD REMOVES OUR FILTHY GARMENTS
ZECHARIAH 3:4-5 NLT 4 The angel said 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 fine garments on you.” 5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.
ANDERSON | “When God has not only declared us forgiven, but He has removed our filthy garments of unrighteousness and clothed us with His righteousness. Notice that the change of wardrobe is something that God does, not we ourselves. In ourselves we don’t have any garments of righteousness to put on that will satisfy God. He must change us in response to our submission to Him in faith. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 154-155). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE LORD ADMONISHES US TO RESPOND
ANDERSON | “Having rebuked Satan and provided our righteousness, the Lord calls for a response of obedience: “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 free access among these who are standing here” (Zechariah 3:7). God’s condition here has nothing to do with your relationship with Him or your standing of righteousness, since they are already secure. And these admonitions have nothing to do with Satan’s defeat, since he is already defeated. They have to do with your daily victory. In calling us to walk in His ways and perform His service, the Lord is simply calling us to live by faith as children of God. It means crucifying the flesh on a daily basis and walking according to the Spirit. It means considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to God and not allowing sin to reign in our mortal bodies. It means taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and being transformed by the renewing of our minds.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 155). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE ACCUSER | RECOGNIZING A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE
2 CORINTHIANS 7:9,10 NLT 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
GOD OR THE DEVIL?
ANDERSON | “The false guilt of this world and the Holy Spirit’s conviction both have the same feeling of sorrow. However, the sorrow resulting from Satan’s accusation leads to death, while the sorrow of conviction leads to repentance and life without regret. Paul wasn’t rejoicing that the Corinthians felt sorrowful; he was rejoicing that their sorrow would lead to repentance, a knowledge of the truth, and finally freedom.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 156). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
ANDERSON | “How do I know which kind of sorrow I’m experiencing?” you may ask. “They feel the same.” Determine whether your feelings reflect thoughts of truth or error, and you will identify their source. Do you feel guilty, worthless, stupid, or inept? That’s a sorrow provoked by accusation because those feelings don’t reflect truth. Judicially, you are no longer guilty; you have been justified through your faith in Christ, and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. You are not worthless; Jesus gave His life for you. You are not stupid or inept; you have the mind of Christ, and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When you find lies lurking beneath your feelings of sorrow—especially if your feelings persistently drive you into the ground—you are being falsely accused. Even if you changed you wouldn’t feel any better, because Satan would then find something else to harass you about. To disarm the sorrow of accusation you must submit yourself to God and resist the devil and his lies.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 156-157). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE ACCUSER | THE QUICKSAND OF ACCUSATION
CHANGE YOUR MIND CHANGE YOUR LIFE
PHILIPPIANS 4:8,9 NLT 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
NEXT UP | THE DANGER OF DECEPTION (AUGUST 20)
ZECHARIAH 3:1-10 OUTLINE
Zechariah’s Fourth Divine Vision (3 all): 6
A. “And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary. And Jehovah said unto Satan, Jehovah rebuke thee, O Satan; yea, Jehovah that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” (3:1-2).
1. Zechariah now sees the high priests with Satan standing at his right hand before the angel of Jehovah. Satan has been behind the sins of the priesthood. Consider their recorded sins:
a. Could not make a distinction between the clean and unclean (cf. Ezek. 22:26 comp. to Lev. 10:10). b. They had forgotten God’s laws and caused the people to forget (Hos. 4:6). c. They taught a perverted law for money (Micah 3:11).
2. As the priesthood was defiled even so were the people who followed their wicked council. Satan thereby believes that he has affectively disqualified Judah from fellowship with Jehovah God. The Lord; however, reminds Satan that these people were “a brand plucked out of fire.” Through the fiery trials of Assyria, Babylon, and the Samaritans God’s people were being sifted and the righteous were better understanding through time the sovereign authority of Jehovah God and thereby they would fear and obey Him!
B. “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take the filthy garments from off him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with rich apparel. And I said, Let them set a clean mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments; and the angel of Jehovah was standing by” (3:3-5)
1. The priesthood and all the people of God are represented in Joshua the high priest. His garments are filthy with the sins of pride, cheating, murder, idolatry, and general rebellion. We read of all the wickedness of Judah throughout the book of Jeremiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk. Herein they are all summarized by Joshua standing before the Lord being judged for their filth. Satan believes he has utterly conquered the people in sin.
2. Jehovah commands that the filthy garments be taken off of Joshua. Said action symbolizes the Lord’s power and willingness to forgive or “cause thine iniquity to pass from thee.” While we see this as a clear display of God’s grace it is also abundantly clear that God’s blessings are ever conditioned upon man turning in repentance and obedience to His will (cf. Zech. 1:1-4)
C. “And the angel of Jehovah protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: if thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou also shalt judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee a place of access among these that stand by” (3:6-7).
1. The conditions of the high priest (i.e., priesthood and people as a whole) standing before Jehovah God in a forgiven state would be their dedication to His will.
2. God’s graciousness will be experienced by all who meet His conditions as is illustrated in the little word “if.” To “judge” God’s house and “keep my courts” is to fulfill the work of the priest according to all God’s ordinances. Doing said work would grant them access unto the Holy God of heaven.
D. “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee; for they are men that are a sign: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch. For, behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; upon one stone are seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith Jehovah of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, shall ye invite every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig-tree” (3:8-10).
1. God has promised, by His grace, to forgive the people of their sins if they would turn to Him in obedience. The Lord now explains how this shall take place. Jehovah would “bring forth my servant the Branch.” Herein is the anointed one; i.e., the Messiah or Christ: a. Zechariah latter refers to the “Branch” as one who would rule on the throne of God’s kingdom (cf. Zech. 6:12ff). b. Isaiah 11:1ff depicts this Branch / shoot as coming from the house of Jesse, David’s father, and thus fulfilling God’s promise made to David in II Sam. 7:12-16. 7 c. Jeremiah tells us that this “Branch” would be of the seed of David, reign as king, and he shall be called Jehovah our righteousness (cf. Jer. 23:5-6).
2. It seems that the “stone” and “that land” are equivalent and representative of God’s people as a whole (i.e., the kingdom of God / church / the redeemed among men who have had their iniquities removed). Said iniquities will be removed in one day. That one day will be the time in which the Messiah would hang upon the cross. Herein is some of the greatest and revealing prophecy about the future work of Jesus and the consequential hope of all humanity. The Branch (Jesus) would not only be king of his kingdom but by the power and mercy of God he would forgive man of their sins.
3. This stone would be comprised of every man (i.e., Jew and Gentile who submit to the will of God). Those who call upon the name of Jehovah would be a part of this redeemed stone or kingdom of God (cf. Joel 2:28-32 comp. to Acts 2:17ff). All are “invited” and all shall be blessed if they follow God’s conditional grace.