Today you should read: Zechariah 11
Have you ever disobeyed yours parents to the point that they wash their hands of you? I have not rebelled or disobeyed to such a point but I definitely got very close a time or two. However, no matter how rebellious I was my parents never washed their hands of me. So how bad was Israel to have God leave them to their rebellion?
The people of Israel had turned their back on the ways of the Lord. Verses 12 and 13, speak of Zechariah giving the wages received for his services to the potter who worked in the house of the Lord. This suggested that the people of Israel were not treating the house of the Lord as a house of worship. When God set up the sacrificial proceedings in the book of Leviticus there was no mention of potters & when Solomon build the temple in 1 Kings 6-9 there were still no potters. So I conclude that there were not to be potters and Israel was sinning. Also, the three shepherds that were to be leading Israel were in sin as well. So much so that God removed them and appointed Zachariah to be the sole Shepherd over them.
Another sign that Israel was in sin was the fact that they detested Zechariah as their shepherd. Since Zechariah was a prophet and a man of God we can bet that he was trying to turn the flock back to God. Israel would have none of it. So God took away his favor and his union (vs.10-14). God basically let Israel have their filth and he gave them exactly what they desired. God raised up a foolish shepherd who did not care for them or watch out for their well-being. Israel learned a very hard life lesson during this time in history. Their pride would be broken.
Thankfully we have a God who does not hold a grudge against his people. This time is history will not last forever and God did raise up a shepherd who would save us all.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
Lessons to learn:
- How have you been like Israel in this passage in your own life?
- Would you rather have the things of this world instead of the righteousness of Christ?
- Please be humbled by your need for the Savior Jesus Christ.
- Romans 5:8
Posted by: Chad Wiles