“Those [wounds] with which I was struck
in the house of those who love me.”
Zech. 13:6 Masoretic Text
Have you ever read a portion of Scripture, and, although it does not refer to Christ, it makes you stop and think about how it does remind you of Him?
That’s this verse. Though this verse is written about one of the prophets of Baal, it does make me think of Jesus (as a few of the verses that follow this verse do refer to Him).
It makes me ponder it deeper.
The Amplified Classic says, “…I was wounded…in the house of my [loving] friends.”
Many Bible versions translate it differently, such as the first part of the opening verse says, “What are these wounds between your arms?” (NKJV) However, I always go back to the original to see the definitions.
Many versions use the word in instead of between. The Hebrew word can mean between but it also means in, in the midst of, or within.
Arms actually means hands.
Struck (usually translated wounded) means to strike, to smite, to hit, to beat, to slay, to kill.
Love (usually translated friends) means to have affection for and is the equivalent of our English word love.
Pondering on this verse reminds me of when Christ came to those of His own household, but they did not receive Him (John 1:11). His own people turning away from Him. Those He came to, out of such a great love, but His love was refused. How great the pain of rejection must have been.
That kind of wound strikes deep within the heart.
Was it merely the physical injuries or wounds of spitting and whipping, the ripping out of His beard, the scorn and mocking of His enemies, the nails driven into His body, the sword in His side, and the humiliation that wounded Him?
Or was the wound deeper…in His heart and in His soul and in His Spirit…because they did not believe in Him?
But is it merely the unbelief of those who do not accept Him that shoot burning darts at Him?
No. It is that Jesus is “wounded in the house of those who love” Him. For the darts that wound His heart are: they all forsook Him and fled (Mark 14:50), I know Him not (Luke 22:57), the kiss of betrayal (Luke 22:48), and those who one day hailed Him as King and the next day yelled, “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:13).
And these: the darts of bitterness and lack of trust, worry and pride, ungratefulness and negativity, and doubting His power, His strength, His love, His peace, His plan, His supply.
Wounded by His loving friends.
I read this somewhere, “There is no wound so painful as the wound inflicted by a familiar friend.” Oh, how painful is the stab in the back from someone we think loves us.
Yes, it is Jesus’ friends…you… and me…and all the others who say they love Him that wound His heart.
Do we truly love Him? Do we obey His Word? Jesus said, “He who does not love Me does not keep My words.” (John 14:24 NKJV) And vice versa: the one not obeying His Word does not love Him.
Do we wound Him? Do we even realize we wound Him? Do we truly love Him?
Yours in love, Lynn