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In our lesson from the thirteenth chapter of Zechariah which is a continuation of his prophecy from the previous chapter we read these opening words:
 In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness…”(NKJV)


Upon first reading the prophet’s words I was taken aback when I read that this fountain he spoke of would be exclusively for “…the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem…”.  But then I remembered an English hymn we used to sing in church when I was a girl. It was written by an 18th century poet and hymn-writer, by the name of William Cowper whose words may have found inspiration from this so called minor prophet. Cowper’s song said this: “There is a fountain filled with blood far from Immanuel’s veins, And sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains…”

Oh, Zechariah may not have known exactly what the Lord meant when He told him to prohesy these words. But when we look back at what he also wrote in 12:10 “…then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn…” the deal, one could say was sealed.

It confirms, for us what God was planning and the work which was accomplished on the cross by God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. You or I may not belong to the house of David or ever lived in Jerusalem, but we are all sinners in need of cleansing. Zechariah wanted his congregation to know that that was its purpose. This prophetic word pointed to “a fountain filled…” with the Blood of Immanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ. His blood was shed for the remission of everyone who falls into that category ,not just the congregation that Zechariah was addressing. But it includes all of humankind, the “…all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God…” people that the Apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 3:23—–No one is excluded, all are invited to come and be washed in the everflowing Fountain that will remove all guilt, sin and shame.

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