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
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 our grief.
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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