Zechariah 13 Outline
– Idols and false teachers will be eliminated (Zechariah 13:1-6)
– The shepherd will be wounded and the sheep will scatter (Zechariah 13:7-9)
Zechariah 13 Summary
In Zechariah 13:1, the fountain refers to the living water that comes from believing in Jesus. It predicts the coming of the Christ, who will die on the cross so that our sins can be removed.
Zechariah 13:2-4 says that God will get rid of idolatry and false prophets out of the land. Many prophets wear rough garment, for example Elijah and John the Baptist. False prophets often slash themselves with knives. For example, the false prophets of Baal will slash their bodies while worshiping Baal. God places so much emphasis on godliness that parents will kill their sons if they give false prophesies.
In Zechariah 13:7-9, my shepherd and the man that is my fellow is Jesus. The sheep is the people who have accepted and believed in Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, many of the Israelites believers were scattered because of persecution. There will be terrible persecutions against the Christians, so that two out of three people will die and only one will stay in the country. Fire means troubled times. By going through the persecution, the Christians will be able to build up their faith and become stronger.
Zechariah 13 Bible Study
1. Jesus’ Crucifixion is Part of God’s Plan
In Zechariah 13:7, Jesus predicted that he is going to be rejected by the people. The prophesy was fulfilled in Matthew 26:31. From the beginning, Jesus knew God’s plan for him. Matthew 26:31 shows that the events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus is according to God’s plan. The followers scattered away to different places after Jesus was captured because they feared for their lives. Jesus knew that his followers have weaknesses but God intended to use them to do his work. Jesus was taken by the soldiers and nailed on the cross so that he can pay the price of our forgiveness.