Zechariah Chapter 11

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Zechariah 11

1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

4 Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.

7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

11 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.

12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15 And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

34 thoughts on “Zechariah Chapter 11

  1. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    We who serve in leadership have been given a great privilege… the chance to be a Shepard. Maybe not to a whole church but maybe over a soul that God has allowed us to reach and help disciple. While there is only one Shepard over the church, our pastor, God has given us opportunity to help lead others to Christ and be a witness in peoples lives. Woe to us if we leave the flock (coworkers, classmates, etc.) and do not reach out to them! It is our responsibility to reach for the lost and then help lead encourage them to do more and be more for God.

  2. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

    13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

    Another time a Lamb was led to the slaughter for 30 pieces of silver that was given to the potter…

    Matthew 27:3-7 KJV
    3. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
    4. Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
    5. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
    6. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
    7. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

  3. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

    8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

    9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

    10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

    11 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.

    12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

    13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

    The shepherd named his two staves, I have saw many ideas of what this represents. There are many different opinions, for sure they are the names of different kinds of staves used by the shepherd. Shepherds have a duty to feed and lead the flock of God just as shepherds of a flock of sheep.
    The shepherd of God has a complex job, he is trying to lead people and bring them to a knowledge of the truth. Some people will be easier to lead than others, the method or which stave the shepherd uses is really left up to us. We can be easy to take instruction or be bound and determined to do things our way. It is always best to hear the Prophet and obey his word, How good a hearer or you? God make me more than a hearer of the word, but a doer of the word.

  4. Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! May a sword fall on his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither completely away, and his right eye become completely blind!” -Zechariah 11:17

    We all have a place in the Kingdom of God, rather it be teaching Sunday school or cleaning the church. Be steadfast, keep your place and be ready. Don’t be a worthless shepherd and abandon your ministry.

  5. Is it just me or is this whole chapter a type and shadow? The good Shepherd, the bad shepherd, cleaning out the bad shepherd’s, restoring order, non-grateful sheep that are then thrown back to the wolves, thirty pieces of silver, on and on…

    However, what really caught my attention was: 17 “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” We can all agree that a shepherd who leaves his flock has failed on all levels. The bible states: Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Thus we learn the right side is the side of power, strength and restoration. Even in today’s society the right is still considered the strong side. Left handed people are considered a minority, grooms stand on the right side of their bride, etc…

    So, what is with the darkening the right eye? Some believe the eye is the window to the soul. Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” So, obviously, if the eye is darkened the whole body will begin to fill with darkness. There is also a certain group of people who cover the right eye upon greeting another of their group-mates, believe in the symbolism of a single eye which is found on the $1. This group is dated back to ancient Egyptian times. The Egyptians created and believed in the Eye of Horus; which is a symbol protection, royal power and protection. Thus the covering of this eye leaves one vulnerable.

    Speculation, ideology, rumors, types and shadows all have their place. However, I know who my Shepherds are. The upmost is my heavenly father; Jesus. He has set my Pastor as my shepherd here on Earth. I am committed and submitted, thus through commitment and submission I am protected and anointed!

  6. This is what the Lord my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter. (Zechariah 11:4 NLT)

    Gods people are often referred to as sheep. And we know that Satan seeks to steal, kill and destroy. There are also references in the Bible as a wolf in sheep clothing. So we must not be deceived or become blind with the spiritual warfare that is around us. The church must arise take it’s place stand in the gap and become that Shepherd and care for those who are lost. 

    This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:12, 13 NLT)

  7. The Price of Christ

    12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

    13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

    14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

    Matthew 26:14-16
    14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

    15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

    16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

    His price was settle long time ago before Judas Iscariot sold Him off.

  8. 4 This is what the Lord my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter. (NLT)

    Too many in today’s generation have simply given up. Satan has convinced them that they have no hope, that there is no one, not even a God, that can help them because their sin has led them too far off. It is our job to intercede and fight off those lies from satan so these lost souls can see their untapped potential in God. It’s our job to help them see they aren’t worthless and how precious their lives are, to help lead them to God so they may have salvation. Use us Jesus!!

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    3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

    wow, if you read this blog today you will understand the importance of the care team at The Pentecostals of Fort Worth. Let’s repent and feed the sheep.

  10. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    Don’t leave the flock and lose your place in the Kingdom of God.

  11. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    Leadership carries with it a personal responsibility. Those who God entrusts under our care are valuable.

    I imagine that when people come to God they look like a black piece of coal ready to be cast into a furnace. Yet with time, pressure, and chipping away the diamond in the rough is revealed.

    No matter what level someone is on the leader must be patient, and allow God to do the work of molding. One day the finished product will shine bright for the glory of God!

  12. 11 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.

    Those that wait upon The Lord and listen know when a word from God goes forth. It’s important to develop a personal relationship with Him so we can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

  13. 16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
    17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    The purpose of the shepherd is protect, nurture and feed the flock and God gives a warning to the ones who are idle and leave their flocks to be a prey for the enemy. What ever our ministry we have someone who needs us to pray for them-to help watch over them. (We cant expect Pastor to do it all. And just like Moses, Pastor also needs people who will hold him up in prayer) We must ‘Be Church’ to all those that we reach both inside & outside of The POFW .

  14. THE GOOD SHEPHERD LEADS IN FAVOR AND UNITY

    7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

    The STAFF or STAVE in a shepherds hand, represents 2 things to his SHEEP or followers.

    1. DIRECTION – Guidance from the touch of the masters STAFF assists us in waling in the safe direction on a protected path. Better it is to be directed into TRUTH than to be drug into TRUTH. We choose which end of the STAFF the master uses.

    2. PROTECTION – The STAFF is a distinct weapon in the hand of the shepherd to clear a path or defeat a foe. The STAFF keeps the adversaries at a distance safe enough to pass. Better for us is it if we remain within the REACH of the Masters STAFF.

    NLT
    7 So I cared for the flock intended for slaughter—the flock that was oppressed. Then I took two shepherd’s staffs and named one Favor and the other Union.

    The 2 greatest needs in the body of Christ are FAVOR (Grace) and UNITY (Oneness). Blessed is the people who allow their Leader to Guide them to GRACE, the place where FAVOR is found and the Leader who guides them to UNITY, the place of POWER.

    Lord JESUS, help me be that shepherd to guide those that you have entrusted to my watch to FAVOR and UNITY through your WORD and by your HOLY SPIRIT. In JESUS name.

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    iPraise
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  15. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

    10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

    11 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.

    This chapter speaks of the Jewish nation whom the Lord had wept over because they would not turn to Him and recognize Him as the Messiah. He put up with their actions as long as He could, and then rejected them because they rejected Him.

    It is very applicable to today’s society. People show their rejection of God by their actions. They may still attend church, but internally they are carnal. Carnal mind is enmity against God. The bible says to carnally minded is death, being cut off from the spirit and presence of Gd.

    There’s nothing like being in His presence and I don’t want to do anything that would cut me off and cause Him to turn away from me.

  16. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    I Thank God for a shepherd that cares about his flock. One that does everything in his power to keep the flock from wondering in the wrong direction . We must follow as he leads us !!!!

  17. No One Left Behind

    Zechariah 11:15-16 NLT
    15 Then the Lord said to me, Go again and play the part of a worthless shepherd.

    16 This illustrates how I will give this nation a shepherd who will not care for those who are dying, nor look after the young, nor heal the injured, nor feed the healthy. Instead, this shepherd will eat the meat of the fattest sheep and tear off their hooves.

    We see the flip side of God’s original plan here. Sin and stubbornness and selfishness reduce Israel to this point where they have edged God out and He has decided to give them that “absence of Him.” In our human nature, we seem to forget things are black and white, not black, white, and neurtral; having God in the picture with His Kingdom is not just a bonus on top of neutrality but the only other option aside from the kingdom of hell.

    As God allows the reality of the lack of Him to be revealed, we can learn something about what His original intentions were. V16 seems to describe all significant groups within the church: 1) backsliders, 2) new babes, 3) hurting/injured, and 4) flourishing saints. God describes how the worthless shepherd will not care for these but take advantage of these different groups, implying that a good shepherd looks out for not just some but all of these and works for their benefit. The heartbeat of God says that no one is left behind.

    One of the attacks of the enemy is to make us feel excluded based on our category, like everyone else is getting attention and nurturing but we’re left out for whatever reason. Loneliness and isolation are powerful tools in the hands of the enemy and they can be used to easily manipulated our thinking until we’re all wrapped up in the lies of the devil and play into his schemes all on our own. But we know the heart of God longs for all to be reached, for none to be left out and left for the prey of our adversary. When we feel lonely and forgotten in our circumstances, we must look to make sure we haven’t acted in such as way as to put ourselves there, or keep ourselves there, and then rest in the promises of God that He is the Shepherd that cares for all no matter what we’re facing, not just for a few groups but for all who would come to Him.

    2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    1 Peter 2:25
    For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

    Acts 2:38-39
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

  18. 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.”

    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.

    The good and the bad shepherd. The one who shares God’s own heart…
    Several things came to mind while reading this chapter a couple of times. Several different scriptures that stood out of how God shows His heart of the flock, the hurting, the babes, to the ones that left their first love. I see here that a true shepherd of God will always share God’s heart for the flock. His pains and the same the joys alike.
    Psalm 69:
    8I have become a stranger to my brothers,
    And an alien to my mother’s children;
    9 Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,
    And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me

    The word tell us that the Lord will give shepherds according to His heart

    And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15 NLT

    To share the zeal, to share his heart, to obey at all cost, seems to be what a good shepherd is. V15 the Lord asks His prophet to take for himself the implements of a foolish shepherd… A good shepherd will share in What God’s feelings are towards the flock, even when it doesn’t make sense know that God has all knowledge and wisdom to complete a great work.

  19. This chapter illustrates value. There were those that were in it only for what they could get out of it; “Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not”. One must be cautious for there are unfortunately those that pose as shepherds only for self and worldly gain. Albeit there are also Spirit (Holy Ghost) filled shepherds of God (Jesus) that want not for self, but only to lead all that will, to God. One should highly value, and be ever thankful, for the whole (entire) word preaching and teaching shepherd, which is sent of God; “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,
    and bring glad tidings of good things”. What a mighty God we serve! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  20. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    As I read this my thoughts go to all pastors, and their responsibility to tye flock that God has allowed them to be over. I thank God every day for a pastor who does what he says. Pastor leads the same as he leafs his own life. God has blessed our church with such a pastor who looks out for trouble and fights for his flock

  21. 3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

  22. A Foolish Shepherd
    Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol(worthless) shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon(against) his arm, and upon(against) his right eye: his arm shall be clean(completely) dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened(blinded).

    Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

    Jeremiah 10:21 For the pastors(shepherds) are become brutish(dull-hearted), and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

  23. 4 Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. -Romans 8:36

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. -Acts 20:28
    For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. -Acts 20:29

    It is a serious thing to be responsible for caring for God’s people. Great judgement will befall those who take it for granted. The Lord paid the ultimate price.

    For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. -2 Corinthians 5:21

  24. I thank God for a Good Shepherd (Pastor) that is leading this flock (POFW). We all however must do our part to help him keep the flock unified in reaching the lost. There are still so many to be reached in this city and around the world.

  25. 15 And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

    16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

    17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

  26. 30 pieces of silver
    I said to them, “If you think it best, give me my wages; and if not, keep them.” So they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12 WEB)

    Judas betrayed Jesus for the same amount. It’s interesting when you study the motives of judas’ betrayal. All these crazy notions pop up. He accepted payment so I would wager it was fueled by greed. But how many times in our lives do we trade our savior for a little loot?

    I use to follow the way of balaam and serve money. It was a god to me. I thank Jesus for his grace and redemption.

    Don’t ever let money rule you. I’ve learned I don’t need as much as I thought I neded.

  27. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    We all have a duty and purpose in His kingdom. By not following through with what God has entrusted with us we are causing future sheep to lose out. We need to be prepared, working. God is using us to reach the lost

  28. The false shepherd described 15. And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 17. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

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  29. Whether we see it or not, people depend on us. From the children being picked up on the bus to the bus team expecting a driver to arrive. Your position matters and leaving it empty for someone else to fill leaves a hole where you are needed!

  30. 30 Pieces of Silver

    Zec11: 12 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.”

    Exodus 21:32 records 30 pieces of silver as the price of a slave. The sheperd in these verses sarcastically calls the payment a “handsome price” (vs 13). The ammount paid is certainly not commensurate with the work accomplished. This price is the same ammount Judas recieved to betray Jesus (Mt 26:14-15). Matthew repeats these words, crediting them to Jeremiah (Mt 27:9-10). Zechariah says the coins are to be thrown to the potter (vs13), foreshadowing the potter’s field the chief priests of the temple buy with Judas’s discarded money (Mt 27:6-7).

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