Zechariah 10:The Restoration for Judah and Israel
1 Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.
2 For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
3 "My anger is hot against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
4 From him shall come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler---all of them together.
5 They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight because the LORD is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
7 Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine. Their children shall see it and be glad; their hearts shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 "I will whistle for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as many as they were before.
9 Though I scattered them among the nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me, and with their children they shall live and return.
10 I will bring them home from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria, and I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, till there is no room for them.
11 He shall pass through the sea of troubles and strike down the waves of the sea, and all the depths of the Nile shall be dried up. The pride of Assyria shall be laid low, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart.
12 I will make them strong in the LORD, and they shall walk in his name," declares the LORD.
Zechariah 11: The Flock Doomed to Slaughter
1 Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars!
2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, for the glorious trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has been felled!
3 The sound of the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined! The sound of the roar of the lions, for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
4 Thus said the LORD my God: "Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.
5 Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, 'Blessed be the LORD, I have become rich,' and their own shepherds have no pity on them.
6 For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbour, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand."
7 So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named Favour, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
8 In one month I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me.
9 So I said, "I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another."
10 And I took my staff Favour, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
11 So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12 Then I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.
13 Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"---the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter.
14 Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15 Then the LORD said to me, "Take once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
16 For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for those being destroyed, or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
17 "Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!"
Things to think about…
1.The nations described in Zech 10 still threaten the land of Israel and hence this prophecy of Zechariah has not been completed. One day it will be. It looks as if the land will get fairly crowded as well, Zech 10:10. The Jews are still pouring into Israel at an alarming rate today. Israel's population growth is at 1.8%/yr (Intrn'l 1.1%), but during the 1990's it grew by 3%/yr after the collapse of communist Russia with an inflow of Russian Jews into Israel. At the moment their shepherds and leaders are not speaking the truth about their true Messiah Jesus, Zech 10:3 and the Lord will turn the hearts of the sheep into war horses, vs 3. Pray Israel sees true revival in Christ.
2.Zech 10:3,4 – from the house of Judah shall come the Cornerstone. We know this is fulfilled in Christ. This cornerstone will also be the stone the builders of Israel's political and religious hierarchy will reject. They did it in the time of Christ, they are rejecting it presently and sadly Zechariah is prophesying that they will do it in the future after the land is resettled and filled again. This is happening in our day. Israel wants to build a temple, but they want nothing to do with the temple of Christ – the Church. It is prophesied that only through the most intense period of national persecution that Israel's eyes will be open to their true Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).
3.The Romans (roar of lions) were prophesied to come into the land Zech 11:1-3. Zechariah was called to shepherd the people. Unfortunately the people don't listen to Zechariah who was a type of the true Shepherd. Zech 11 clearly gives a prophetic voice to the actions of Judas Iscariot in betraying Christ, who is Israel's true Shepherd and Messiah (described here as Favour who was broken), vs 10 and sold for 30 pieces of silver, Zech 11:12, 13. This was used to buy the Potter's field, described in Matt 27:1-10 (even though Jeremiah is quoted in Matthew – because he was the major prophet, Zechariah of course a minor prophet). Israel rejected the true Messiah and in AD70 Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed again. For 2000 years the Jews have continued to reject their true Messiah. Zechariah is asked to buy the equipment of a foolish shepherd, Zech 11:15. The Lord says they reject Hi shepherding and therefore He breaks the Union, Zech 11:13, that is between Judah and Israel, They will reject His shepherding to the point of one day accepting a foolish shepherd - the Antichrist to rule over them. He will not care for Israel, Zech 11:15-17. He is called a worthless shepherd, Zech 11:17 because he will desert the flock. We know this is the case with the Antichrist because he will break his covenant with Israel after three and a half years. He will have greater goals of ruling the earth, not just Israel.
4.We know the Lord's judgement will be upon this evil man, Zech 11:17. Revelation 19:20 gives a more graphic picture of his eternal abode.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday's sermon "A vision of the new temple" came from Zechariah 6:9-15.
1.Zechariah mentions a crown of silver and gold representing two roles the High Priest Joshua would take on. What are they and how are they fulfilled in the Person and work of Jesus Christ?
2.Zechariah mentions that a temple will be built. Jesus said destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days. What did Jesus mean?
3.Is it just the church Zechariah is referring to? Is there going to be a literal temple built in Jerusalem? Discuss why you think it may or may not be so.
4.Pray that we as a church can reach out in this gospel age to build the temple of Christ's body, the church – in our community and beyond.
1.Combined Baptist service next Sunday night at CBC.
2.New people to settle into the church.
3.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. More exciting news this Sunday about what the Lord has done with our money thus far. Praise God for "Cowboy" and how we have helped his situation.
4.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.
5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
6.Sunday's message on Zech 12 "Jesus the Saviour of Jerusalem" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- "We have a lot in common" – 6:00pm – combined church service.
7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
8.Church finances to meet our expenses.
9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Business meeting was a wonderful encouragement of what the Lord is doing at CBC.
2.Community event was a blessing on Sunday night. Good fellowship with each other and an opportunity to get to know some of our neighbours.
3.Christine Denning's mum home and recovering well.
4.More new people on Sunday.
5.Tad's brother Andrew attended church yesterday. A miracle in anyone's language. Pray the Lord continues to open his heart to the gospel.
6.Praise God for the rain going to farmers breaking the drought in many areas..
7.New Website completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.
8.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church), 13 last week.
9.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, our money is still being used by the Lord to bless the community.
10.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Willey - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.
2.Men's shooting event – Sat 29th February – 9am at the Ripley shooting range. $15 entry, $10 ammo. See Tim/flyer for more details.
3.Steve Hawkins 60th birthday bash – 4:30pm Sat 29th at Church. Bring yourself, something to eat/cook and something the sit on as we celebrate 60 years of Steve!
4.Mallacoota Bushfire Appeal. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"
5.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.– Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Kim Rawiru. Lesson :- Journey to Mars 5 Psalm 119:105. Younger Group Leader:- Melody Jarvis, Assistant:- Nat Jarvis. Lesson:-Garden of Eden Picture, P24.
6.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Games Galore. Recharge parent on roster for this week: - Yuki Fujita. Enjoy the amazing cooking by Angelo – this week Mexican tacos – Yum!
February's catechism question...
Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?
Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"
Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3