“In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for purification and for sprinkling.” (Zechariah 13:1)
“In that day there shall be a fountain…” I love fountains, and streams, and waves on the beach, and waterfalls. But what does this mean? What could it signify? It might make a difference for me to find out. This isn’t the only word for fountain used in Scripture. So why this one? “In that day there shall be a fountain,” a maqor. It means something dug, generally a source like of water, tears, or blood. Well, this is a good thing, a source that flows out to the House of David and Jerusalem in order to remove their sin and uncleanness. The thing is, this Source, this Fountain, has already come, only Israel hasn’t realized the fullness of His coming yet. That day has not been fully realized yet.
Here’s the really cool thing. That word for fountain in Hebrew, it’s Greek equivalent is pege and it carries over into the New Covenant. Here are the beautiful words of the risen Messiah in Revelation 21:6, “It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.” And that matters. But it’s not just something to think that someday in Heaven I’ll experience from that fountain. If we wait for someday in Heaven, it will be too late and we will have missed drinking from the fountain at all. Jesus came to be our fountain now, to satisfy our thirst here and now, today and forever.
The fountain is for life. The fountain was for the Jew and still is. The fountain is for the peoples of the world and still is. But Israel and we too are often too busy filling ourselves with things and ideas that don’t and can’t satisfy. Jeremiah shared Your thoughts on this, “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13) In Zechariah, You accused Israel of idolatry and being effected by the spirits of the idols. Is that any different than today? A cistern is a place made to hold water or other liquid. Aren’t we, Jew or Gentile, a God-made receptacle, created to hold His Spirit? But don’t we have this tendency to fill ourselves with our own desires, our own lusts, our own thoughts, instead of everything that is of You?
But isn’t it good to know that there is hope for those of Israel who do not know the Messiah that they may come to know Him? Isn’t it good to know that there will come a day when no one will believe lying prophets, when people won’t be led astray by false spirits, and false worship? Isn’t it gloriously good news to know that God sent a Shepherd above shepherds to us and for us, for His glory and our salvation, to redeem His people Israel and to draw the nations to Him? Here You gave Your only begotten Son to willingly sacrifice His life on the cross for Your glory which leads to our good and salvation. Jesus suffered everything He did not deserve for a people who did not deserve it. But He didn’t give up on us. How is that for unconditional love? “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:3) Well, the Messiah’s love was even greater because He layed down His life before we ever acted like His friends.
Jesus, You layed down Your life for Israel even while she was committing adultery. While we were still sinners, You died for us. Why? Because You created us to be Your people. You care that deeply. You want to see our destiny fulfilled. You say, “…I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, ‘You are my people;’ and they shall say, ‘You are my God.’” (Hosea 2:23) God’s plan was to start this beautiful relationship with Israel, that Israel would be His beautiful bride, knowing Him and His ways personally. And then He would sow her to Him in the earth. What does that mean? He would disseminate, conceive seed throughout the earth with her and by her. Their union would effect every nation like planting seeds prolifically all over the world.
That makes me take pause. Because I have to stop and think of the amazing little remnant of Messianic Jewish believers since the resurrection of Christ who have been instruments of dissemination because they believed. It’s amazing to think that because of them, I am Your child today. Truly, it is “not by might, nor by power, but by [Your] Spirit,” (Zechariah 4:6) Lord.
It’s not just us heathen Gentiles who have a problem. God hit the nail on the head. “‘And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord,’ says the Lord God, ‘when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.’” (Ezekiel 36:23) Hey, this is exciting stuff! God was talking to His beloved Israel. He’s still talking to you, Israel, and He’s not done with you. But it’s more than about You, Israel, being brought back into Your own land. You still need to be sprinkled with His clean water by the Fountain He sent for you. Only then will you be clean from all your filthiness, and from all your idols. He’ll clean you. And those aren’t my words. Those are God’s words if you continue in Ezekiel. He’ll give you a new heart and a new spirit within you. He’ll take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and give you a new heart of flesh. Yeah. That’s still in His words here! And He’ll put his Spirit within you and cause you to walk in His ways and do them. And then, and only then, when you’re living in the promise, will God be able to say, “You are My people,” and will you truly be able to say, “You are our God.”
The sad thing is that we can all ignore who we were created to be. We can choose to ignore the words and plans of You, God. Then what happens? Well, for Israel, this is what you said way back through Moses, “They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.” (Deuteronomy 32:21) And Paul, a Jew, picked up on this thought and how it applied in Jesus the Messiah. “But I say, ‘Did not Israel know? First Moses said, ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are not a people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.’” (Romans 10:19) “I say then, ‘Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.’” Romans 11:11 It’s not that You have forsaken Israel. By denying Your Christ, Jesus the Messiah, they have forsaken You. But because we, Jew or Gentile, forsake You, it does not mean that You ever forsake Your plans or who You are by nature. So, if the nation of Israel will not be Your light in Christ, then Your light will still go out, into the nations which was always Your desire from the beginning. But it doesn’t stop Your heart from longing for Israel to see and return to You and to be what You created them to be, a light to the Gentiles, the glory of God in Christ Jesus.
One day, there will be a remnant of 1/3 of the nation of Israel, who will rise up and surrender to Your calling. What a glorious day that will be. I was just thinking that maybe that story about the prodigal relates to this too. That maybe Israel is like the prodigal who just didn’t understand his Father’s relationship until he lost everything. And then he started to see and remember and returned to his Father and was restored fully. And maybe the other son is like us Gentile believers who are brothers, who don’t really long for our brother to return because we’re happy like it is. I hope and pray that we would long like our Father for the nation of Israel to know You and that upon Your return, we would be first to run into the party and wrap our arms around our brother who was lost but now is found, who was dead, but now lives in Christ.
There is a Fountain. He has come and offered His living water to Israel and all people. How sad it is that a Samaritan would be more ready to drink of His living water, than His own would. But thank God some of His own know and thank God that more will come to know and drink and experience and share the goodness of that Fountain with others in the world around them. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I was thirsty and You gave me drink, and I am not the same. May we be thirsty, so thirsty that we must drink and may the drinking be such a refreshing and satisfying delight that we share that Fountain with others.