Posted by: fatherof11 | June 3, 2008

Pictures from Adoptions, Part One, Revisited

{Editor’s Note: These were orginally posted on a previous blog in 2005, but are applicable here, also.}

Pictures from Adoptions – Part One

One of the things I intend to do from time to time is to post images from our adoptions that mirror some spiritual truth.  I will call them Pictures from Adoptions.  This is the first installment.

When we adopted our kids out of the Russian orphanages, one of the things that the kids could not take with them was their clothes.  They belong to the orphanage.  So to the older orphans, the new clothes are a symbol of the fact that they are now part of a family and that they have a new home.  The father comes and gives them new clothes fit for living in their new home.  They are the first gift the father gives to his children when he adopts them.

Likewise in the book of Zechariah we see the picture of God giving Joshua the high priest new garments.  The old garments are filthy, a symbol of Joshua’s iniquity.  The new garments show that God has taken away Joshua’s iniquity.  This then makes him (and us) fit to be members of God’s family and fit for our new home in heaven.  All are a gift from the Father through Jesus Christ.

Zech 3:2-5  And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.
Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

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