Archive for May 3rd, 2017

Zechariah 13

Zechariah 13 has the prophet talking about what happens as God brings His people back to restoration through the Messiah.  “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness”.  All people have a sin problem and need a Savior.  Flowing from their embrace of the Messiah, they now enjoy a fountain that brings cleansing for sin and for uncleanness. The cleansing comes after their mourning for the One whom they have pierced.  It is a fountain that never runs dry.

I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more….I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness”.  Idolatry and false prophecy were the two principle ways Israel was led astray from God. God not only provides a fountain to cleanse, but He also promises to cut off the source of uncleanness – in this case, idolatry and false prophecy.  As God cleans up the primary causes leading people to sin, God promises ultimately to take away even the memory of our sin.

Zechariah prophesies about some things that will happen during Christ’s life.  “What are these wounds on your back….the wounds I received in the house of my friends”.  And then he writes “strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered”.  The first refers to the beating Christ took at the hands of the religious leaders before His crucifixion, and the second to the scattering of His disciples after Jesus went to the Cross.  These prophecies are written many centuries before Jesus came.

God has plans to clean up sin among His people.  “I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested”.  After the dispersion of Israel there will come a time of devastation and purification through fiery trials. Two-thirds will be destroyed and the remaining third will be put into the fire but preserved. And then as God always does, He will restore and redeem the remnant.  “I will say, They are my people; and they will say, The Lord is my God’.  God will redeem His people and bring them to Himself!

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