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Summary: A sermon declaring why the Father raised the sword of justice and brought it down on His Son. ZECHARIAH 13:7

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ZECHARIAH-JUDAH IS ONLY A REMNANT…JERUSALEM LIES IN RUINS.

ZECHARIAH WAS A YOUNG PROPHET WHO STOOD ALONGSIDE THE AGED PROPHET HAGGAI TO ENCOURAGE ISRAEL TO BUILD THE TEMPLE…

ZECHARIAH FORETELLS THE SAVIOR MORE THAN ANY OTHER PROPHET EXCEPT ISAIAH.

CHRIST’S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM ON DONKEY.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

BETRAYED FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER

HANDS BEING PIERCED

CHRIST BEING WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF HIS FRIEND

JESUS WILL BE PRIEST AND KING

NOT HERE THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT ZECHARIAH BUT A PERPLEXING VERSE IN ZECHARIAH 13:7---God says…

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,

against the man who stands next to me,”

declares the Lord of hosts.

“Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;

I will turn my hand against the little ones.

LET’S ASK A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS CHALLENGING TEXT…

1. WHAT IS THE SWORD?

O.T.= SWORD OF GOD’S JUSTICE AGAINST EVIL! NO MATTER WHOSE HAND THE SWORD WAS IN…GOD WAS SWINGING THE SWORD.

GENESIS 6-GOD “AWAKE O SWORD AGAINST MY SHEPHERD”…NO NO…”AWAKE O SWORD AGAINST THESE PEOPLE WHOSE HEART IS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY!” I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT…GOD’S SWORD WAS AWAKENED AGAINST EVIL!

• WAKE UP O SWORD OF JUDGMENT …8 RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE WERE LEFT AFTER THE FLOOD.

• GOD’S SWORD AWOKE AND SHED THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS…SPARING 8.

• I GET THAT…GOD IS SERIOUS ABOUT SIN! SO SERIOUS THAT THE IMMORAL MAJORITY IS NOT THE STANDARD FOR HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE.

• WILL MOST PEOPLE BE SAVED?????????? BROAD IS THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION-MANY ARE ON IT.

• WILL GOD PUNISH THE GUILTY?

GOD’S SWORD AWOKE AND BROUGHT JUDGMENT TO MILLIONS…BUT WAS THE SWORD SATISFIED?

GENESIS 19-ABRAHAM- SODOM AND GOMORRAH…

AGAIN- “AWAKE O SWORD AGAINST MY SHEPHERD”

NO NO--- “AWAKE O SWORD AGAINST THESE IMMORAL, UNGODLY SODOMITES-AGAINST THIS WICKED CITY- GOD RAINED DOWN FIRE.

GOD PUT THE SWORD BACK IN IT’S SHEATH.

GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN THE O.T. …

ISRAEL IN CAPTIVITY IN EGYPT…EGYPT-WHERE THEY WORSHIPPED FLYS, RIVER NILE, WORSHIPING FROGS AND EVEN PHAROAH HIMSELF … CREATED THINGS

PERSECUTING GOD’S CHOSEN NATION…HIS CHILDREN…

GOD’S SWORD WAS UNSHEATHED AND RAISED AGAINST EGYPT…ON AND ON

ISAIAH 10:5

“WOE TO THE ASSYRIAN, THE ROD OF MY ANGER, IN WHOSE HAND IS THE CLUB OF MY WRATH!”

I SEND HIM AGANST A GODLESS NATION, I DISPATCH HIM AGAINST A PEOPLE WHO ANGER ME, TO SEIZE LOOT AND SNATCH PLUNDER, AND TO TRAMPLE THEM DOWN LIKE MUD IN THE STREETS.

GOD’S SWORD WAS AGAIN UNSHEATHED---

GOD WOULD USE THE CRUEL ASSYRIANS…

YEAH THOSE ASSYRIANS….STOPPED THE FLOW OF RIVERS WITH BODIES AND BONES OF THEIR VICTIMS.

THOSE ASSYRIANS WHO FLAYED THE FLESH OFF OPPOSING KINGS…PUT HOOKS IN THEIR VICTIMS TO DRAG THEM BEHIND THEIR HORSES..

GOD USED ASSYRIA AS HIS SWORD TO WIPE OUT THE 10 IDOLTROUS TRIBES OF ISRAEL.

THEN GOD PUT HIS SWORD BACK IN THE SHEATH…

BUT WAS IT SATISFIED?…ALL THAT BLOOD OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE. WAS THE SWORD OF JUSTICE SATISFIED?

NO IT WAS NOT SATISFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.SECOND QUESTION-

AGAINST WHOM WAS THAT SWORD OF JUSTICE TO AWAKE?

THE JEWS WERE LOOKING FOR THAT SHEPHERD…EZEKIEL 34, 37

JOHN 10-“I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD”


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