Minor Prophets - Session 8

Minor Prophets - Session 8

Scripture: Zechairah 13:1-9
Sermon: Minor Prophets - Week 8
Guest Speaker: Dan Cooper

Scripture: Zechairah 13:1-9
Sermon: Minor Prophets - Week 8
Guest Speaker: Dan Cooper

"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.'"

-Zechariah 3:8-17

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Refining Fire
Author Unknown

Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." One lady's opinion was that is was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to them what he said on the subject.

She went accordingly and without telling the object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her. "But Sir" she said, "do you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes, madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Christ sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random; "the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete when he sees his own image reflected in the silver....

--Author Unknown

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