Zechariah 13

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Zechariah 13:1-9


OVERVIEWSinners will be cleansed and purified. Idols and false prophets will be removed and banished.

BIG IDEAGod offers complete cleansing from sin and impurity.

KEY VERSEZechariah 13:9 (God to Zechariah)
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”

Many claim my authority. Many boast of providing in ways I cannot. Many declare forgiveness and freedom. They are wrong, and there will be consequences. I will discipline those who lead my children astray. They will be punished and remembered no more. Do not trust those who cannot back up their claims. If you want assurance, trust me. If you want forgiveness, come to me.

False prophets will be quick to confess their wrongdoing when judgment comes. They will swear they meant no harm, but it will be too late. Do not be deceived by them. I intend to purify the land and my people. I will allow you to experience tests and trials, so do not be alarmed. I have not forgotten you, and I will be holding you. Continue to trust me through the process because you will come out refined and ready to serve me in new and more extraordinary ways.

Run to God, not away from him. There’s nothing you can hide, so confess all of your sins. If you feel overwhelmed, lost, or forgotten, remember that God is with you. God uses challenges in your life to mold and shape you.