Cleansing for the High Priest
1 Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing
before the angel of the Lord. Satan was there at the angel’s right hand,
accusing Jeshua of many things.
2 And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your
accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you.
This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from a fire.”
3 Jeshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel.
4 So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off
his filthy clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away
your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”
5 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on
his head?” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him
in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.
6 Then the angel of the Lord spoke very solemnly to Jeshua
7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: If you follow my
ways and obey my requirements, then you will be given authority over my
Temple and its courtyards. I will let you walk in and out of my presence
along with these others standing here.
8 Listen to me, O Jeshua the high priest, and all you other
priests. You are symbols of the good things to come. Soon I am going to
bring my servant, the Branch.
9 Now look at the jewel I have set before Jeshua, a single
stone with seven facets. I will engrave an inscription on it, says the Lord
Almighty, and I will remove the sins of this land in a single day.
10 And on that day, says the Lord Almighty,
each of you will invite your neighbor into your home to share your peace