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Zechariah: The Revelation Prophet Part 6:

Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Brian Chilton Friendshipbaptistchurchonline.com Zechariah: The Revelation Prophet Part 6

Question of the Week:

Question of the Week Question 41: Which verse in chapter 12 gives a direct image of the cross? Answer: Zechariah 12:10 Question 42 (the Last question of the Minor Prophets Study): What shall be engraved on the bells of the horses on the Day of the LORD?

Tonight’s Outline:

Tonight’s Outline (From first oracle) 3 . The rejection of the Good Shepherd and its consequences for Israel (chap. 11) B. (Second Oracle) The rejected King enthroned (chaps. 12-14) 1. The redemption of Israel (chaps. 12-13) Tonight, we will only cover chapters 11-12.

The Coming of Wrath Introduced (11:1-3):

The Coming of Wrath Introduced (11:1-3) (11:1-3): This poem describes the shepherds , or leaders of the nation, who were in power. They were described in three ways: 1) cedars , 2) oaks of Bashan , and the 3) pride of Jordan. As mighty as these leaders were, they could easily be brought low by a lion or a fire. 1 Open your doors, O Lebanon, That fire may devour your cedars. 2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the thick forest has come down. 3 There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

The Cause of Destruction Indicated (11:4-14):

The Cause of Destruction Indicated (11:4-14) 4 Thus says the LORD my God, "Feed the flock for slaughter, 5 "whose owners slaughter them and feel no guilt; those who sell them say, 'Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich'; and their shepherds do not pity them. 6 "For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land," says the LORD. "But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor's hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand." 7 So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bonds; and I fed the flock. 8 I dismissed the three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me. This next portion of Scripture is somewhat difficult, but very important in the scope of Messianic prophecy. Zechariah will act out the actions of the Messiah, but is obviously pointing to the actions of a future Messiah. (11:4-5): We notice that God tells the anointed to become the shepherd of those who would face destruction by the Romans. The leaders did not care for the people, but the True Shepherd did. (11:6): There is a switch that happens in the mind of God. The people will no longer have pity from God. This is explained as the chapter progresses. (11:7-8): The True Shepherd began to lead the flock with the greatest of intentions. He had two staffs: ( Beauty or “Favor” representing the fact that God was bringing reconciliation, and “Bonds” representing unity between God and humanity). The intentions of the Shepherd were good. The Shepherd would also take out three leaders in one month . Perhaps, the 3 are the offices of prophet, priest, and king.

The Cause of Destruction Indicated (11:4-14):

The Cause of Destruction Indicated (11:4-14) 9 Then I said, "I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other's flesh." 10 And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples. 11 So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD. 12 Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter" -that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter. 14 Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. (11:9) The True Shepherd resigns from office because the people detest Him. He is rejected by the populace. The people are left to devour one another. According to Josephus, when the Romans invaded Jerusalem in 70AD, this literally happened. (11:10) The Shepherd would break the staff of Beauty or “favor” leaving the nation vulnerable to assault from other nations. (11:11) Only those who were of God understood His origin. Those chosen happened to be among the poor of society. (11:12-13) The True Shepherd represented by Zechariah received 30 pieces of silver, the price for a slave, for his payment. This was so disgusting that the money was thrown at the potter. (See also Matthew 26:14-16) (11:14) The other staff Bonds , or “Unity,” was broken. The unity of the nation was broken and perhaps even the former covenant bond.

The Consequences of Rejecting the True Shepherd (11:15-17):

The Consequences of Rejecting the True Shepherd (11:15-17) 15 And the LORD said to me, "Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd. 16 "For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces. 17 "Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded." (11:15-16): With the True Shepherd rejected, the people will be left with an inadequate imposter. The ministry of the church includes: caring for the lost, seeking the young, heal the injured, and feed the healthy. The false shepherd, most likely the antichrist, will do none of this but instead bring destruction. (11:17): In the end, God would leave this antichrist powerless (he who seeks power) and leave him blinded (he who thinks he is intelligent).

Oracle Two: The Rejected King Enthroned (Chapters 12-14):

Oracle Two: The Rejected King Enthroned (Chapters 12-14) This begins our final segment of Zechariah. We will look at the final oracle Zechariah received. These chapters have been called by some scholars as the “most significant prophecies in all of the Old Testament.”

The Redemption of Israel (Chapters 12-13) Israel’s Physical Deliverance (12:1-9):

The Redemption of Israel (Chapters 12-13) Israel’s Physical Deliverance (12:1-9) 1 The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: 2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 "And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (12:1-3) The burden of the word of the LORD indicates this is the beginning of another oracle. This is in fact the second oracle. God who lays the foundation of the earth is Almighty and certainly has the power to fulfill His promises. Jerusalem will be the instrument that God uses as a means to judge all nations. This is the first of nine times that Zechariah states in that day pointing to the future Day of the LORD. Jerusalem will at the end of time become a very heavy stone for all peoples that no outside nation can move.

Israel’s Physical Deliverance (Cont’d):

Israel’s Physical Deliverance (Cont’d) 4 "In that day," says the LORD, "I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 "And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the LORD of hosts, their God.' (12:4-5) Here is the second time that Zechariah uses the phrase in that day . The curses of confusion, madness , and spiritual blindness will affect all those who reject the True Shepherd. The people of God will have strength in the LORD of hosts as they recognize the LORD as their God.

Israel’s Physical Deliverance (Cont’d):

Israel’s Physical Deliverance (Cont’d) 6 "In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem. 7 "The LORD will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. 8 "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them. 9 "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (12:6-7) Here is the 3 rd occasion that Zechariah uses the phrase in that day . The victory comes through the strength of God. The opposition will be like a firepan or like “a blazing pot in the midst of wood” (ESV); and like a fiery torch. In other words, the enemies of God will be completed devastated. (12:8-9) This obviously points to Armageddon. God strengthens his people to with super-human strength…perhaps pointing to the final resurrection. The weakest will be like David . The people would be so empowered that they are called like God…like the Angel of the LORD. I think to a degree this even speaks to the resurrection of the Messiah. It most certainly speaks of the final resurrection.

Israel’s Spiritual Deliverance (12:10-13:9) Note: We will stop at the end of chapter 12:

Israel’s Spiritual Deliverance (12:10-13:9) Note: We will stop at the end of chapter 12 10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (12:10) This verse is of extreme importance. Notice the following elements: The pouring out of the Holy Spirit: this would happen by the Messiah (True Shepherd). The rejection of the Messiah would lead to mourning. Notice the method of rejection: they will look on the True Shepherd whom they pierced. This is an allusion to crucifixion before crucifixion was even established.

Israel’s Spiritual Deliverance (12:10-13:9) Note: We will stop at the end of chapter 12:

Israel’s Spiritual Deliverance (12:10-13:9) Note: We will stop at the end of chapter 12 11 "In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 "And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 "the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 "all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves. (12:11) There is great mourning for those who oppose God and His people. The opposition will clearly see the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon His people. The plain of Megiddo is speaking of Armageddon. (12:12-14) The families of Israel would mourn given their respected functions as king, prophet, and priest. The family of David will mourn because they should have known the True Shepherd but rejected Him. Their kings would be subject to the King of Kings. The family of Nathan will also mourn because their prophets would no longer bring messages from God due to the fact that the True Shepherd is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s prophecy. And the family of Levi would mourn because the old covenant is no more. The New Covenant has been established by the True Shepherd.

14-minute Video “Prophecies of the Passion”:

14-minute Video “Prophecies of the Passion” Watch and be amazed!!!

Conclusion::

Conclusion: The life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) was clearly identified. Oh what a Savior!!!

Next Week: The Finale:

Next Week: The Finale Next week, Keith Matthews has promised to have a Bible Study for us. Then, the week after, we will have the Grand Finale for Zechariah: the Revelation Prophet and the conclusion for the Minor Prophets Study.

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