Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thursday - Zechariah 13 - Wounded Hands

REAT judgment is coming against Israel just prior to their return to Jehovah. This is not news really. We have read it and discussed it frequently. Yet, here in Zechariah 13 we find what seems to be another allusion to that day of wrath - vague perhaps, but an allusion, nonetheless.  More particularly though, this passage refers to the judgment of God against Israel as it was poured out upon the Messiah at His First Advent. In Matthew 26:31 it is recorded that, between His celebration of the Passover with His disciples and His arrest in the garden, Jesus quoted from Zechariah 13:7 - "Jesus said unto them, 'You all will be offended because of me this night: for it is written, 'I will smite the Shepherd, and  the sheep of  the flock shall be scattered abroad.""

Elsewhere in Zechariah 13, there are other reminders of the plight of Christ. There was a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel's veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains (Zechariah 13:1). Jesus was rejected by His own people; "thrust through" by the very nation that begat Him (Zechariah 13:3). He told them the truth and they accused Him of lying. Again, Jesus came meek and lowly, presenting Himself as a servant (Zechariah 13:5). And, we know very well about the wounds in His hands that He received "in the house of His friends" (Zechariah 13:6). Again, Zechariah 13:7 appears to be strongly messianic. The sword of God's wrath was drawn against the Good Shepherd of Israel. The phrase, "the man that is My fellow" seems to point to the nature of the relationship between Jesus and His heavenly Father. The closing section of this chapter directs our attention to the work of Christ on the cross. A remnant of Israel will be saved. They will call on the name of the Lord, and their faith will bring healing into their relationship with Jehovah.

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