The familiar hymn by William Cowper begins with the theme of this verse, "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's veins and sinners plunged beneath that flood loose all their guilty stains." Cowper's hymn expresses the hope of which Zechariah prophesies. In that day Israel's sin will be cleansed. In that day Judah's iniquities will be removed. The price to remove this sin and iniquity however, was higher than even the prophet imagined. None but God knows how much it cost for that fountain to be opened.
The Sin Bearer paid redemption's price so that the guilty could go free while the innocent bore the shame. God foreshadowed this in the Garden of Eden when He slew an innocent animal, that He Himself had proclaimed on the sixth day of Creation as good to cover Adam and Eve's shame, guilt, and nakedness.
Sin always costs God but God's love is so great that He willingly pays the price to open the fountain that cleanses guilty sinners. Ask God to fill you with gratitude for the fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's vein. Thank Him for the Lamb's willingness to lay down His life for the sheep.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- With what animal does the Lord compare Israel and what does this analogy teach you about His relationship with Israel?
- (Chapter 12, 13) What does God promise to make Jerusalem?
- List the nine things that will happen on "that day."
- How will Israel respond when they finally understand what Jesus Christ has done for them?
- What will happen to 2/3 of the sheep? What about the remaining 1/3?
- (Chapter 14) Where will this final battle occur?
- Who will reign over all the earth?
- What is the purpose of the plague?
- What will those who survive the plague do?
- Which feast will the people celebrate?
Turning truth into prayer
Praise God for the cleansing fountain of Jesus Christ. Voice the words of the above mentioned song to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving.