Israel Will Return to The Lord
"Where There Is No Vision The People Perish." Proverbs 29:18.
Zechariah 11:1 17.
God gave a vision to the prophet predicting that in Jesus' day, chief priests and elders will be tyrants over the people,
devouring their house and fleecing the sheep rather than feeding them. God will send the good shepherd for the sheep; but
when the shepherd is rejected, the result will be disastrous for those who reject the shepherd. The staff Beauty (or, Grace)
represents the covenant which will be broken because of transgressions. It was conditioned by obedience, so that
disobedience annuls the covenant.
The True Shepherd Valued
Thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Cast them to the potter, the thirty pieces of silver were as nothing compared to
the worth of the One for whom the money was paid. Therefore cast it to the potter to buy some clay with it. Judas Iscariot
placed a very low value on the Lord Jesus (Ex. 21:32; Matt. 27:3-9). Some who profess Jesus today seem to value him no
higher and live as though he is worth only a few small coins. For their punishment, those who reject the true shepherd will
have a false shepherd (the man of sin), who will do—he will tear and devour the flock.
The Rejected King is Enthroned At Last
Prophet Zechariah emphasizes the threefold work of the Creator: the heavens, which he might still be expanding; the
earth, which has strong foundations and will not be moved by men; and the spirits (ruach, meaning “spirit” or “wind,”
not nephesh, meaning “animal soul”) or men. The Scripture tells us that some of the Jews who have set themselves against
the Gospel now will turn to God in Christ before the end of the age. They will be saved the same way everyone else is
saved—by faith in Christ Jesus.
In that day (which is future) Jerusalem will be besieged by enemy powers, and God will deliver his people from that
assault. The strength of those who defend Jerusalem will come from the God of power, who is omnipotent and who himself
will intervene in the person of his Son. The Lord will seek to destroy all the nations, i.e., they will be baffled, broken, and
destroyed. What they sought to do to Jerusalem will be done to them. The word seek does not mean that God may lack the
power to do this, rather, he is earnest and intent on doing this because he is jealous for his people that will be occupying
the city of Jerusalem at that time.
At the end of the age Israel will turn to the Messiah (Rom, 11:26). Israel will mourn for him and weep bitterly over One
whom their fathers pierced. They will mourn as the mourning in the valley of Megiddon. The grieving was for King Josiah
(2 Chron. 35:24, 25). It shall be like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon, where good king Josiah was
slain, for whom there was a general lamentation (v. 11), and perhaps the greater because they were told that it was their
sin that provoked God to deprive them of so great a blessing; therefore they cried out, the crown has fallen from our head.
Woe unto us, for we have sinned! Lam. (5:16). Christ is our King; our sins were his death, and, for that reason, ought to be
It will be a general universal mourning (v. 12): The land shall mourn. The land itself put on mourning at the death of
Christ, for there was then darkness over all the land, and the earth trembled; but this is a promise that, in consideration of
the death of Christ, multitudes shall be effectually brought to sorrow for sin and turn to God; it shall be such a universal
gracious mourning as was when all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord, 1 Sam. 7: 2. Some think this is yet to have
its complete accomplishment in the general conversion of the Jewish nation.
It is also a private particular mourning. There shall be not only a mourning of the land, by its representatives in a general
assembly (as Judge. 2: 5, when the place was called Bochim--A place of weepers), but it shall spread itself into all corners
of the land: Every family apart shall mourn (v. 12), all the families that remain, v. 14. All have contributed to the guilt, and
therefore all shall share in the grief. Note, The exercises of devotion should be performed by private families among
themselves, besides their joining in public assemblies for religious worship. National fasts must be observed, not only in
our synagogues, but in our houses. In the mourning here foretold the wives mourn apart by themselves, in their own
apartment, as Esther and her maids. And some think it intimates their denying themselves the use even of lawful delights
in a time of general humiliation 1 Cor. vii. 5. Four several families are here specified as examples to others in this
mourning: Two of them are royal families: the house of David, in Solomon, and the house of Nathan, another son of
David, brother to Solomon, from whom Zerubbabel descended, as appears by Christ's genealogy, Luke 3: 27-31. The house
of David, particularly that of Nathan, which is now the chief branch of that house, shall go before in this good work. The
greatest princes must not think themselves exempted from the law of repentance, but rather obliged most solemnly to
express it, for the exciting of others, as Hezekiah humbled himself (2 Chron. 32: 26), the princes and the king (2 Chron. 12:
6), and the king of Nineveh, (Jonah 3: 6). Two of them are sacred families (v. 13), the family of the house of Levi, which
was God's tribe, and in it particularly the family of Shimei, which was a branch of the tribe of Levi (1 Chron. 6:17), and
probably some of the descendants of that family were now of note for preachers to the people or ministers to the altar. As
the princes must mourn for the sins of the magistracy, so must the priests for the iniquity of the holy things. In times of
general tribulation and humiliation the Lord's ministers are concerned to weep between the porch and the altar (Joel 2:
17), and not only there, but in their houses apart; for in what families should godliness, both in the form and in the power
of it, be found, if not in ministers' families?
Scripture Reading: Zechariah Chapters 11, 12.
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