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Christ Was The Shepherd Of The Flock Doomed To Slaughter

John Collins10/23/2012

In Zechariah 11, God told Zechariah to become the "shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter."  God wanted Zechariah to know the burden Christ, so Zechariah himself became part of the vision.

Typing the scribes and pharisees, God said those who buy the flock slaughter them and go unpunished.  Then those who sell the flock say, "Blessed be the Lord, I have become rich," and their own shepherds have no pity on the flock.

God said that he would no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land.  Israel would be unprotected against their neighbors, and each king that rose against Israel would crush them at his hand.

With this, God said that He became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders.  Zechariah took two staffs, one named "Favor," and one named "Union."  With these, He tended His sheep.

In one month, he destroyed three shepherds, but he became impatient with the sheep, and his own sheep detested Him.  So he said, "I will not be your shepherd."

Then, God describes breaking and annulling His covenant with Israel.  He said, "What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed.  And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another.  So I took my staff "Favor" and broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all peoples."

When God broke the covenant, the sheep traders who were watching knew that it was the Word of God.  Then God said, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages."  They gave Him thirty pieces of silver.

Then God said to throw the thirty pieces of silver to the potter.  He threw the thirty pieces at the potter, which represented the house of the Lord.  Then, He broke his second staff "Union", annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have our shepherds became "sellers of the flock," making profit from their sheep?  Do they claim their blessing while sheep have nothing?  Are we thankful God sent his Son, Jesus Christ?  Do we look for Him to come again?  Are we thankful for the burden of Christ?