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Joshua The High Priest (part 2)
By Franklyn Ubah
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
This is part 2 of Set The Captive Free. The topic is Joshua The High Priest. It tells how Joshua the High Priest shows how things should be handled.
Set The Captive Free (part 2)
JOSHUA THE HIGH PRIEST
Now lets look at the case of Joshua the high priest to see how things should be handled.
Here we see Prophet Zachariah telling the story of what he saw. This man must have been praying for the high priest as he should, and then God opened his eyes to show what was happening to the man he was praying for. Thank God that Joshua the high priest has someone praying for him.
Sometimes we need the help of another person in order to come out of some kinds of bondage. Sometimes we need some great intercessors to lift us up continually in prayer before the throne of God. While the high priest was busy performing his priestly service, offering sacrifices on behalf of the people, pleading for God’s mercy on the land, making sure that God is at peace with the people as he offers both sin and peace offerings unto the Lord, obtaining favor on their behalf, he himself was restricted and resisted by Satan from receiving his own blessing. This reminds me of some pastors and men of God who complains that they pray for people and they receive their blessings while they are suffering in penury.
But praise God, as prophet Zachariah continued praying for him; suddenly he broke through the iron curtain that separate the spiritual world, and into the realm of the spirit. To his amazement , hear what he said with his own mouth “ And HE (God) showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him” And as he looked more closely he discovered that ”…Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel” Vs 3. While he fixed his eyes to see this great vision he suddenly discovered also that certain blessings were lined up for this man of God to receive but he could not due to the filthy garments he was wearing. As I studied through this story I found out that in order for Joshua to receive the blessings lined up for him Satan was first and foremost rebuked, filthy garments taken away and then the prophet “…said, let them set a fair mitre upon his head..” vs. 5. As I said, thank God for the man of God who was interceding for the high priest. The point I am driving at here is the fact that sometimes you need somebody to assist you spiritually.
From the above story we see that it is one’s condition in the spirit place that determines how far he can go in life. In the book of Psalm the Bible described the condition of a people.
“Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron” (Ps.107:10)
The Bible passage above is the description of many lives in the spirit realm. With this kind of spiritual condition tell me the kind of physical effort and struggle that can free such a one. These people are sitting in darkness, bound in affliction and iron. They are not only sitting down in darkness, but also bound in affliction and iron so that even if they try to rise up the chain of iron will keep them down. The result of this condition is also seen in verse 12. It says “…and there was none to help” None comes to help them in their condition.
This explains why some people are without help; none comes to favor them; none comes to bless them; none recommends them for job, business, contract, marriage. None comes to approach them. Everyone scares away from them. They suffer alone in their affliction and bondage without anybody to render any help. Even when they have done good to people none comes to appreciate them. They are repaid with evil for the good they have done. They labor while others reap the fruit of their labor. None comes to help them! Their very brothers, sisters, uncles and close friends who should be of help to them abandon them to suffer in affliction and bondage. They have good certificate but no good job. Even when they render good job no good reward comes in return. They are hated by many and even those who like them do not favor them. They seem to have been hidden away from good things and good people. All of these is because in the spirit place they are sitting down in darkness. Sitting down alone has put them in a position where they can hardly be noticed by any. If they are standing up that would have been better. But they are sitting down. Again if there is light where they are sitting down people could possible notice them, but unfortunately they are sitting in darkness. But it did stop there, I believe that if they are not bound with chain of affliction and iron, they might try to stand up and walk away, but as you can see, they were bound! This is bondage!
Some one might argue that believers have been set free and are no longer sitting in darkness; I quite agree with that, but remember (Galatians 5:1) In my next edition I will treat the case of believers in bondage. But for now lets pray.
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|Reviewed by Bruce Rice
|Ah yes. Very well said. Just as a warrior in the natural cannot fight a war on his own, so also spiritually, a priest needs his intercessory warriors to stand in the gap for him - support him in battle (to pray) against the enemy which is Satan and his armies.Amen Ephesians 6:12