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.
“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” (13:1). What an encouraging vision!
The Lord of Hosts promises that the idols and the false prophets and the unclean spirit which has been leading them astray, will be ultimately cut off from the land. The prophets speak of the coming Redeemer, the suffering Servant, who came to open the cleansing fountain for his people's sin and rebellion. But his people were so blinded by their iniquity and covetousness that they put Him to death.
Much of the Scriptures were written more for us living at the end-time, than for anyone else in history, even more than the prophets’ direct audience. This may apply to the last part of this chapter as well.
The Lord will let the remnant people have trials and hardships so that they will give up the sin-driven worldliness and a desire for self-exaltation. When we will call on His name and long for the cleansing power of His sacrifice, then we will be His people and He will be our God. When that happens, we will joyously say, “Yahweh is my God!”
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea