Saturday, December 14, 2019

Zechariah 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter builds on the prophecy, or message from God, reported in the previous chapter: that God would restore his people.
  • The beginning verses use metaphor of tall trees to describe some of the kingdoms that will have their power taken away.
  • After that, Zechariah uses imagery of two shepherds. This passage refers to trials and tribulations the Israelites have already experienced, and it also foreshadows events surrounding Jesus that would eventually happen in the New Testament. The overall tone of this section is despondent because it speaks of what happened to leaders who abandoned God, and leaders who would (in the future) betray Jesus.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • One nickname the Bible gives Jesus is "The Good Shepherd." This is because he's committed to taking care of us, his "sheep."
  • Like sheep, we can end up hurting ourselves when we wander away from where God wants us to be.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there an area of your life that is wandering from where God wants you to be? Maybe you're in an unhealthy relationship, or you've begun to hide a habit that is turning into an addiction. Today can be the day you get back to where the Good Shepherd wants you. If you need to have a hard conversation, call the person today. If you need to confess to a trusted friend, do it today. The longer you wait, the farther you'll wander.