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The Destruction of the Land (Daily Portion 10414)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Zechariah 11:1-17

Bible commentators recognize this chapter as a difficult one to interpret. It is good to approach this chapter as having three major sections: 1) the coming destruction of the land (v.1-3) which will come because of 2) their rejection of the good shepherd (v.4-14) and 3) their acceptance of the evil shepherd (v.15-17). This chapter points to the rejection of Jesus Christ as Messiah and to the acceptance of the antichrist and the destruction of the land of Israel during the Tribulation.

What Does It Say?

  1. The oaks of _________ are told to howl because the forest of the __________ is come down.
  2. The prophet heard the roaring of the young _______ because their dwelling place, the _________ of Jordan, is spoiled.
  3. When the possessors of the flock of the slaughter sell them, their own shepherds ______ them not.
  4. The Lord took to Himself two sticks, or staves, calling one _________ and the other one __________.
  5. The Lord told Zechariah, Take unto thee yet the ______________ of a ___________ shepherd.

What Does It Mean?

  1. The “flock of the slaughter” is mentioned two times in this passage (v.4, 7). Who makes up the flock of the slaughter and why are they called this?
  2. Verse ten refers to the staff called Beauty. When it is broken, God breaks His covenant with all the people. How does God’s concept of beauty differ from ours? A reading of the following verses may help: Exodus 28:2; 2Chronicles 20:21; Psalm 27:4; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 90:17; Psalm 96:6; Proverbs 31:30; Isaiah 28:5; Isaiah 61:3; Romans 10:15.
  3. Verses 12 and 13 clearly refer to Jesus Christ. How were these verses fulfilled during the first coming of Christ to earth? Can you find where they are fulfilled in the New Testament?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. The “poor of the flock” are mentioned two times in this chapter (v.7, 11). Verse 11 refers to the breaking of the covenant with all the people: “And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.” Who are the poor of the flock? What is happening in this verse?
  2. In part, verse 17 states: “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock!” An idol is a false image set up as a god. What then would an idol shepherd be? For help see the following: Isaiah 44:10; Isaiah 56:9-12; Jeremiah 2:26-27; Jeremiah 23:1-2; Luke 11:42-48.

Suggested Memory Verses

Zechariah 11:12, 13

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:12

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.