Zechariah 11

Zechariah 11 has the prophet proclaiming the fall of God’s people.  “I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the Lord”. Zechariah acts out this prophecy, feeding a literal flock of sheep that represents the people of God. As the shepherd Zechariah represents the Lord who has appointed this flock for a season of judgment.  Zechariah has two staffs named Favor and Union.  According to Boice, Favor symbolizes the favored status of Israel as the chosen people of God. Union symbolizes the internal harmony of the people that was lost at the time of the siege of Jerusalem.

God is tired of the sin of His people.  “I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand”.  Sin always carries a price.  And in this case, God makes it clear that every one of these folks are part of that punishment.  Notice that he states that ‘none’ of them will be delivered.  We will all stand before God and have to give account of what we have done.  And like the people in Zechariah’s time, we’ll come up short and sin will drag us into judgment.

Zechariah prophesies about an event related to Jesus’ death that would come many centuries later.  “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them. And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver”.  Thirty pieces of silver was not an insignificant amount, but it was the price of a slave.  This speaks prophetically of Jesus, who was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver – the price of a slave.  The money to betray Jesus – His purchase price – went to buy a potter’s field.  Zechariah says the thirty pieces of silver in his words also was thrown to a potter.

God again picks up on the story that leaders need to lead. “Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock”!  Though God appointed the foolish shepherd in light of Israel’s rejection of the Good Shepherd, it does not mean that God approves of the foolish shepherd. God will judge that worthless shepherd who injured His flock.  God will not stand by and allow poor leadership to last forever.  God will clean things up and restore His people to Himself.  He is a loving but just God.

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