A Brand Plucked From the Fire
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Lesson 9 for May 21-27
This quarter’s discussions focus on biblical symbolism of a certain kind: clothing imagery. We will consider the garments that people in the Bible wore and what that clothing really meant, what truths it symbolized, what great realities it pointed to, and what lessons we can learn from it. From the fanciful adornment of Lucifer in heaven to the filthy rags of our own righteousness, from the coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve in Eden to the “garments of splendor” mentioned in Isaiah, the Bible uses clothing and clothing imagery to portray truths about sin, pride, righteousness, salvation, justification, resurrection, and eternal life in Christ.
This week’s Scriptural Pursuit is based on the Old Testament book of Zechariah. The third chapter of this book presents Joshua, the high priest, who stands as a representative of all the sinners – everyone of us – in his filthy garment. In this judgment scene, Satan accuses Joshua meaning the high priest doesn’t deserve the cleansing and the rich garment of grace God offers. But God rebukes Satan and offers a clean garment. Cleaning up sinful human beings is a work that God does through Jesus Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. All that you can do is to surrender yourself to God. Watch the discussion to learn how this is possible.
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Department of Religion & Biblical Languages
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Religion and Biblical Languages
Russell, Glenn; Mueller, Eike; and Kulasekere, Sunimal, "A Brand Plucked From the Fire" (2011). Scriptural Pursuit. 17.