Zechariah 11

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Zechariah 11

Overview

Two shepherds.

There is a change in tone from previous chapters 9 and 10, a hope of restoration, to oracle of judgement in chapter 11.   

This chapter details of messianic rule, how God will care of God’s people.

It begins with the fall of the tyrants. Cedars, shepherds, and lions refer to the rulers. Lebanon’s cedars, oaks of Bashan, Jungle of the Jordan are the symbol of strength. They will fall away.

The image of two shepherds represents Israel’s rulers, symbolizing the judgement of God. Because they have despised God, God allows the Israelites to be abused by their rulers and break his covenant with them.

Two staffs are shepherd’s walking staff and they are a symbolic act. The first staff is Favor, translated as Delight. They second staff is Union, translated as Concord. The prophet breaks the first staff, symbolizing the withdrawal of divine favor from the people. Thirty shekels is the same amount that is paid to a slave owner as compensation when the slave has been gored by an ox.

The prophet breaks the second staff, symbolizing the rupture between Israel and Judah. 

Concluding oracle against shepherds, rulers for their corruption is harsh (v.17). However, this harshness is optimistic outlook because those responsible rulers for society’s ill will lose power. The shepherds, false prophets, political leader who do not care for his flock will surely go blind and his arms wither.

This oracle is pretext for the vison of new messianic king who will rule in justice, mercy, and righteousness.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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