(12 verses, 2:08 to read)
What I am about to READ
- What God began to lay out for His people’s salvation in Zechariah 9 continues in this chapter.
- vv. 1-2: God threatens to punish the false teachers who have led the people into idolatry.
- vv. 3-7: God, the strength of His people, will fight for the house of Judah. His promise even includes the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
- vv. 8-12: God will gather His people from the nations, and they will walk in His name.
- One of the things pastors must guard against is all manner of false teaching. Not only does it harm the sheep, but they will also be held accountable for this on the day of the Lord’s return in glory. Likewise, the sheep must watch out for false teachers. Jesus warns in Matthew 7:15-23 that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing that show their true colors by their fruit, which is their teaching. If it is not in accord with Scripture, they are to be marked as false teachers and avoided. The mark of a good shepherd in this passage before us that they give actual consolation from the Lord’s Word, not based on false opinions.
- This second section I’ve marked above contains strong allusions to the incarnation of Jesus. Notice, for instance, the language of the Lord taking care of His flock. In John 10, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd who defends His sheep from the wolf. Ultimately, all of the might of God’s people comes from the Lord Himself, who is with them. This recalls the promise God made through the prophet Isaiah and later repeated by St. Matthew, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
- The restoration the Lord here promises is so complete that it even includes the tribes of Northern Kingdom of Israel. This may be a hint that the full number of the elect, those chosen by God for salvation, will be gathered into His Church. This is reinforced by Zechariah’s statement in v. 12, which says that the faithful will walk in the Lord’s name. This name, which was placed upon the Old Testament saints through the Aaronic Benediction, is also placed upon us in the waters of Holy Baptism. It’s also worth noting the allusion to the Exodus in v. 11, which was the great salvation event in the Old Testament that points to Christ crossing from death to life, that we might have life eternal in Him.
- Prayer: O Lord, You send workers into the harvest to proclaim the good news of Christ’s death for us sinners. Teach us to know Your Word, and guard us from all false teaching, that we may at last be delivered from death to life everlasting. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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