The Priest with Dirty Clothes
R. C. Sproul
Published by Reformation Trust
Source: pdf review copy
This children’s picture book is based on Zechariah 3:1-5 where the priest Joshua comes before the Lord in dirty clothes. The Angel of the Lord removes the dirty garments as he removes Joshua’s sins, and replaces them with pure, clean clothing, symbolic of our righteousness that comes through God.
Darby and Campbell McFarland come home from playing in the muddy banks of their Scotland home, caked in mud. Mother is not pleased at all, Grandpa is reminded of a story that he begins to share with the children.
Jonathan was just ordained as a priest and given the special robe and finery that went with his new position. Jonathan was to preach his first sermon to the King the following day.
Jonathan studies and prepared as he wanted his sermon to be the best. That day when he left for the King, it was pouring down rain relentlessly. Jonathan got soaked and muddy, wanting to turn back from continuing on his journey. Jonathan thought the King would be forgiving so he continued on. When he got to the castle the people were aghast at the priest with the dirty clothes. They whispered and spoke poorly of him behind his back.
The king would not allow Jonathan to preach in such dirty clothes and asked him to come back, but no matter what they tried they could not get his clothes clean again. He went to the Prince to see about new clothes. The King represented God in the story, the Prince was Jesus and an evil magician was the Devil.
Fantastic theme of being cleansed by righteousness and being made new in God. The drawings were fantastic and very detailed. Very entertaining to the children and a great starting point to study God’s word. The questions at the end of the story for parents were great starters to get the kids talking more about sin and our need for Jesus.
I received a copy of this book from Reformation Trust in exchange for an honest review.