Summary: A study of chapter 13 verses 1 through 9
Zechariah 13: 1 – 9
1 “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.2 “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land. 3 It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies. 4 “And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive. 5 But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’ 6 And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms? ’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ 7 “ Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion,” says the LORD of hosts. “ Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones. 8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the LORD, “ That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: 9 I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”
Chapter 13 continues the beautiful repentance of our Jewish friends. Please note the specific context that chapter 13 verse 1 proclaims – ‘In that day’. Look with me again at chapter 12 where our Holy Majestic God speaks of future action.
“3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
The city of Jerusalem will be the focus of the whole world. Nations will try to dictate to the Lord’s elect on how the Jews need to run their own country. The world will try to dictate that the city of Jerusalem should be an open international city. The 3 major religions of the world have a claim on Jerusalem – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
Stop for a second and think about this description. Today, the world has two enemies – Christianity and Jews. Yes, there are some established watered down Christian denominations who are not the target of demonic attacks. But go and proclaim that Jesus Is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life and see how much they love and accept you.