The Mississippi Delta has high rates of teenage pregnancy and teenage sexually transmitted diseases.
To be cleansed of his leprosy, Naaman dipped himself seven times in the Jordan River. Zechariah’s description of the mourning of Israel when they recognize their once-crucified Messiah is instructive, because there are seven components.
Zechariah 12:10-13:1 (AMP)
GOD’S UNMERITED GRACE
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the people of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace (unmerited favor)
RECOGNITION OF WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED
And they will look at Me whom they have pierced;
MOURNING OF WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED
and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son,
and they will weep bitterly over Him as one who weeps bitterly over a firstborn.
In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of [the city of] Hadadrimmon in the Valley of Megiddo [over beloved King Josiah]. The land will mourn, every family by itself; the [royal] family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan [David’s son] by itself and their wives by themselves; the [priestly] family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei [grandson of Levi] by itself and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, each by itself, and their wives by themselves [each with an overwhelming individual regret for having blindly rejected their Messiah].
FORGIVENESS AND CLEANSING
“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the people of Jerusalem for [cleansing from] sin and impurity.
You are a holy God, and we have offended You. In humility, we beseech You to pour out upon the Mississippi Delta Your Spirit of grace and supplication. Help us to recognize that the sexualization of our young people wounds Your heart. Grant us hearts that mourn and stir us to repentance. May both our civic leaders and religious leaders mourn for our offenses.
Open a fountain of forgiveness and cleansing in the Delta, we pray. Amen.