The fountain of grace will flow anew. The True Shepherd.
VERSE 1. “In that day there will be a fountain opened to David’s house and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
NAB translation. On that day there shall be open to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness.
that day. On the day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, the fountain was opened for all Jewish people and for the whole world.
And at the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ, that fountain will be opened anew for the Jewish people.
a fountain to purify from sin. This prophecy is fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. On the cross, his side was pierced. From it flowed blood and water. This is the fountain of salvation.
VERSE 2. It will come to pass in that day, says the LORD of Hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they will be remembered no more. I will also cause the prophets and the spirit of impurity to pass out of the land.
I will cut off the names of the idols. Idols will be banished from the land.
Micah 5:13. I will cut off your engraved images and your pillars from among you; and you shall no more worship the work of your hands.
Micah 5:14. I will uproot your Asherah poles from among you; and I will destroy your cities.
the prophets … to pass out of the land. False prophets will be extinguished.
the spirit of impurity to pass out of the land. The evil impulses that inspire false prophets will be extinguished.
VERSE 3. It will happen that when anyone still prophesies, then his father and his mother who bore him will tell him, ‘You must die, because you speak lies in the LORD’s name;’ and his father and his mother who bore him will stab him when he prophesies.
his father and his mother … will stab him. People will finally be repulsed by false prophets.
VERSE 4. It will happen in that day that the prophets will each be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they won’t wear a hairy mantle to deceive,
prophets will each be ashamed of his vision. The false prophets will finally be ashamed of themselves.
won’t wear a hairy mantle to deceive. False prophets had been deceiving people by wearing the garb of a true prophet.
They will stop wearing the garb of a true prophet.
VERSE 5. but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the ground; for I have been made a bondservant from my youth.’
I am no prophet. False prophets will stop their deceptions.
VERSE 6. 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.’
VERSE 7. “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, and against the man who is close to me,” says the LORD of Hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
NAB translation. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is my associate, says the LORD of hosts. Strike the shepherd that the sheep may be dispersed, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
Strike the shepherd that the sheep may be dispersed. This was fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. When he was arrested, the Twelve were scattered.
VERSE 8. It shall happen that in all the land,” says the LORD, “two parts in it will be cut off and die; but the third will be left in it.
NAB translation. In all the land, says the LORD, two thirds of them shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left.
two thirds of them shall be cut off and perish. This prophecy is fulfilled in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hoping to slaughter the infant Messiah, king Herod slaughtered innocent children throughout the land.
VERSE 9. I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will test them like gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say, ‘It is my people;’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’ ”
I will bring the third part into the fire. The LORD God will test one third of them by fire. This is to refine and test them.
On Judgment Day, our lives will go through a cleansing fire. It will burn away all self-centered deeds from the history of our lives. Will any of your deeds survive? Read more »
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