In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.
Chapter 13 is a seamless continuation of the final thought in chapter 12. We ended yesterday’s chapter with a most earnest call to repentance, and now in chapter 13 our gracious Lord tells us how much He wants to open up a cleansing fountain for us!
This “cleansing” includes a call (see vs. 2-5) to reject false prophets and their misconceived prophecies. It’s difficult to cooperate with God in His cleansing work while we mindlessly embrace false doctrine; therefore, Zechariah calls us to genuinely behold the Perfect One who was wounded in the house of His friends (v. 6)—Jesus Christ Himself (see Psalm 41:9 etc.).
While some scholars would suggest that verse 6 refers to the self-mutilations of the false prophets, the surrounding context seems to agree with the book Acts of the Apostles, pp. 225, 226, citing v. 6 as a clear Messianic prophecy of the awful rejection our Lord suffered. V. 7 amplifies this Messianic focus and is actually directly quoted by Jesus when He foretold His abandonment by even his close friends (see Matt. 26:31 and Mark 14:27).
Ah!—but chapter 13 ends with God’s promise to the remnant: You are “My people!"
Retired pastor, currently religion teacher at Hartland College, Rapidan, Virginia USA