Today’s post honors Marsh White, a dear friend and #1 mentor during my college years at the University of Arkansas. Marsh was a former Razorback, former NY Giant and former Kanakuk Kamps counselor. During my college days, Marsh worked at a bank in Fayetteville, Arkansas and taught God’s word and mentored a group of college students every Sunday afternoon. He abided closely with Christ. His life and words offered spiritual nourishment in a way that impacted countless students. Marsh died today after battling pancreatic cancer. Today’s blog is take from one of his last posts. It is so true to who Marsh is. His words today offer us truth that is life giving. His legacy continues on.
WHAT A STORY…WHAT GREAT TRUTHS…
This story comes straight out of the book of Zechariah from the OT. It is to be used whenever you feel the hot breath of condemnation and accusations. Take a few deep breaths beloved and take this in…think about it all throughout the day. This is just what the doctor ordered…it is your RHEMA!
Zech 3:1, 2 says, “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. The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ ”
Joshua was standing before God as the high priest representing the nation of Israel. He was clothed in filthy garments, which was not a good thing. In the Old Testament, when the high priest came before God in the holy of holies on the Day of Atonement, he went through elaborate ceremonial washings so he would appear undefiled before God.
The picture we have before us is of a man representing the sins of the people of Israel, and Satan is standing alongside to accuse him. BUT LOOK AT WHOM GOD REBUKES? WOW! You talk about turning the tables on Satan. YOU TALK ABOUT GOOD NEWS! He rebukes Satan, proclaiming, “Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” (Zech. 3:2). Beloved…Are we not children of God, snatched from the flames of hell?
What do you suppose God is doing today in the face of Satan’s accusations against the children of God? Let me construct a scene in the courts of heaven. Who is the judge? It is God the Father. Who are the accused? It is you and me. Who is the prosecuting attorney? It is Satan. Who is the defense attorney? It is Jesus. Can we lose this court case? There is no way we could, because “He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Heb. 7:25).
Jesus is standing at the right hand of the Father, saying, “Look at my side that was pierced. Look at my hands and feet. My sacrifice is sufficient. I died once, for all.” What power does Satan have? Can he determine the verdict? Can he pronounce the sentence? No, all he can do is bring forth charges and accusations. This is what I mean when you always hear me say, “We have been given the righteousness of Jesus Christ”. This is a ”need to know…this is an FYI” because this is our inheritance!
Grateful for the words and life of this man,