Zechariah 13:1-2 (ESV)
“On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness. And on that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness.”
When Christ came to the earth, the idolatry among the people of Israel was much like it is today. The majority of the people weren’t running around like a bunch of whackadoodles worshipping trees and bowing down before marble statues. Rather, they seemed to live very respectable lives, giving tithes and going to synagogue religiously. But like ours and any other time, behind every idol was the image of self, and behind every “self” was an idol. That’s why Christ was so angry at the Pharisees, when he told them, “You clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25). They looked super pious on the outside, but on the inside, offerings were daily being indulgently laid before the idol of self.
When God says that at Christ’s Second Coming he’s going to “cut off the names of the idols from the land,” he’s not just talking about little wooden tiki dolls. Rather, he’s going to even go so far as to take away the idol of self. He’s going much deeper than the surface, even so far as to penetrate the human heart, “to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.” It won’t be a watery flood to wash away physical statues, but it will be an opened fountain, bursting into the human heart and cleansing it. He says he’ll do it then for the house of David. But he does it now for all those who believe on his Son for salvation.
For those of us who have had that fountain opened for us, may we remember and live and feel just how much God is worthy of our worship than we ourselves. May we continually drink (and therefore not thirst) from the spring of water that has welled up inside of us to eternal life and never return to our own, broken cistern (Jeremiah 2:13). May we remember it no more.