Archive for February 15th, 2014

Zechariah 11

Zechariah 11 is quite a contrast from the previous chapters of blessing and hope by revealing the coming punishment side by side, alternating from one to the other.  The Savior himself recognized and used exactly that same means of communication. For example, the same chapter speaks of heaven and hell, blessing and cursing, light and darkness, etc.; and this pattern appears in practically all of the prophets. So Zechariah is absolutely consistent in moving from the glorious promises just related to this sad prophecy of the final overthrow and destruction of God’s People, the removal of their government, the destruction of vast numbers of their population, and the delivery of those that remained into the hands of the false shepherds they had preferred to the True Shepherd.

We see a very familiar story here as it relates to the story of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus that led to His crucifixion on the cross.  30 pieces of silver makes it pretty easy to connect the dots to Matthew’s depiction of what happens with Christ.  This chapter is about the rejection of Christ as Savior.  And while there are commentators that don’t seem to interpret it that way, the majority see clearly that Christ is the story line here and the punishment of those who reject Him as Savior the major theme.

This prophecy of the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver is one of the most remarkable in the Bible. It is not a single prophecy, but a whole collection of prophecies.  As we look at many places in scripture, we see the prophets foretell what is to come.  And history reveals that it has. Yet we struggle to accept the scripture as truth.  Why is that?  Why do we struggle so much to believe?  We need to look closely at God’s truth and realize that everything He has recorded either has, or will happen.  Which puts us at a very important fork in the road.

If God’s Word is true, which it absolutely is and has been proven time and time again, then what will we do with Jesus who is prophesied over and over in the Old Testament and reveals so very clearly to us in the New Testament.  But it goes beyond that broad question to this very personal one.  What will you do with Jesus?  He came to earth and lived as a man before going to the Cross to die for your sin.  You are at a fork in the road regarding eternity.  Will you choose to receive the Shepherd that Zechariah shares with us here, and we see throughout scripture?  Or will you resist the saving grace that Jesus offered when He died on the cross and face eternity on your own merit?  That won’t end well, but it is a choice you must make!

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