Archive for February 18th, 2014

Zechariah 13

Zechariah 13 tells us of God’s purification of His people.  “On that day there shall be a fountain opened….to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness”.  God not only opened the fountain, but it remains open to cleanse us from sin.  Spurgeon wrote “This provision is inexhaustible. There is a fountain opened; not a cistern nor a reservoir, but a fountain. A fountain continues still to bubble up, and is as full after fifty years as at the first; and even so the provision and the mercy of God for the forgiveness and the justification of our souls continually flows and overflows.”

God has a plan to set us free from sin.  He dealt with it then through His fountain, but has since created a fountain of forgiveness and cleansing for us through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross.  That never ends either.  God sent His Son to the cross to provide a way to cleanse us from sin and uncleanness.  He did that once for all.  It doesn’t matter when we are born or when we die.  Jesus blood covers a multitude of sin and will set us free and cleanse us.  But we have to receive that gift of grace.  We have to take it as our own.

Zechariah tells us that idols will be removed, and false prophets stripped of their place.  God is in the business of making things clean and pure.  And that extends to our lives as well.  He is going to purify us.  “I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested”.  We will go through difficult times to be refined.  The dross must be burned out of our lives.  It is not just easy sailing – there is junk that has to be removed.

But God doesn’t send us through that testing alone.  He is there with us all the way.  “They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God”.  Our God stays with us.  He will walk with us through the fire.  That doesn’t make it easy, but we certainly will not be alone.  We will not have to face it on our own.  Are you clinging to the Rock that will sustain and uphold you through times of trial?  He is there.  He is willing.  He is able!

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