Summary: The destruction of the Temple highlights Israel's disobedience. What can we learn from that?
WHAT IS THIS PROPHECY ABOUT? The destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.
- Verses 1-3 tell us that the destruction is coming.
PIECES OF THE PROPHECY:
1. Selfish shepherds.
- Zechariah speaks here as though he is in the place of the Messiah.
2. Guilty “people of the land.”
3. Rejected grace.
- Luke 7:36-50.
4. Public disgrace.
- Zechariah 11:10-11, 14.
5. Rejected shepherd.
- Here the speaker Zechariah is still in the place of the Messiah.
- So then what do we do with the thirty pieces of silver, since they ended up being given to Judas.
- One good way to think of it is that these verses answer the question: what do you think the Messiah is worth? For Judas, it was thirty pieces of silver.
- Also, Exodus 21:32 – thirty pieces of silver is the price of recompense for a slave gored by an ox. You could say they saw Jesus as a worthless servant.
6. Then, later, a “worthless shepherd.”
- Now we have Zechariah standing in for a second person. Up to now he was standing in for the Messiah. Now he stands in for a “worthless shepherd.”
- There are multiple options of who this is. A good guess is that it’s the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11-18). It could also be Rome.
ONE APPLICATION OF THIS CHAPTER: God’s plan proceeds when we obey . . . and when we disobey.
- God knows how we will respond and in His infinite wisdom He allows for that. In fact, He often incorporates our disobedience into what He intends to bring about.
- The most dramatic example of that in the Bible might be Judas. He had total freedom to make his own choices, yet God used his freedom as part of His plan of salvation.