Daily Archives: August 16, 2019

August 16 – Zechariah 13

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Zechariah 13

Cleansing From Sin

“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
“On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the Lord’s name.’ Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.
“On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive. Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.’ If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered

“Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
    against the man who is close to me!”
    declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered,
    and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land,” declares the Lord,
    “two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
    yet one-third will be left in it.
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.’”

SOAP Note

He is Our God | DOT Group @A2

Scripture

Zechariah 13:8-9

Observation

God’s chosen people are going to go through intense trials and tribulations; losing two-thirds of the people, going through fire, being refined and purified. Those aren’t easy processes to go through! But in the end, they’ll still stand tall and proudly proclaim, “He is our God,” despite what He put them through.

Application

Life is hard, whether our problems are legit or just “first-world” inconveniences. But no matter what’s going on in our lives, we need to remain obedient and keep our eyes on God. Just as precious metals are made more valuable through an intense process, so will we be more beautiful in God’s eyes when we emerge from our testing having not lost our focus or devotion.

Prayer

Lord, You are the perfect goldsmith! We know You’re with us every step of the way, even in the hard times. And we trust You to work Your perfect will in us through our trials. Thank You for the opportunity and the motivation to keep our eyes on the prize. We love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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