Zechariah 13:7–9 (NKJV)
7 “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd,
Against the Man who is My Companion,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered;
Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one-third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one-third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
This passage opens with a statement concerning the smitten shepherd that is interpreted by Jesus Christ in the New Testament to be referring to Himself. This, then, is a Messianic prophecy fulfilled in Jesus arrest in Gethsemane, and His subsequent crucifixion. At His arrest, His disciples were scattered, and did not come together until the resurrection of Jesus. The immediate meaning here, though, is one of eschatological hope. The Messiah will be smitten, but the people will be preserved in the form of a remnant, described here as one-third of the people. Once they are tested in the fire, they will be established in covenant with Yahweh. Whether immediate or Messianic concerning Jesus, this passage, refers to the sustaining power of God to keep His children, His people, even in the midst of attack and trial. Stand true in your faith in God and God will stand true in His covenantal promises to you!