Friday, June 2, 2017

The Flock Of The Slaughter

Zec 11:4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

JFB:

Zechariah 11:4

The prophet here proceeds to show the cause of the destruction just foretold, namely, the rejection of Messiah.
flock of ... slaughter — (Psa_44:22).

God’s people doomed to slaughter by the Romans. Zechariah here represents typically Messiah, and performs in vision the actions enjoined: hence the language is in part appropriate to him, but mainly to the Antitype, Messiah.

A million and a half perished in the Jewish war, and one million one hundred thousand at the fall of Jerusalem.

“Feed” implies that the Jews could not plead ignorance of God’s will to execute their sin. Zechariah and the other prophets had by God’s appointment “fed” them (Act_20:28) with the word of God, teaching and warning them to escape from coming wrath by repentance:

The type of Messiah, the chief Shepherd, who receives the commission of the Father, with whom He is one (Zec_11:4); and Himself says (Zec_11:7), “I will feed the flock of slaughter.” Zechariah did not live to “feed” literally the “flock of slaughter”; Messiah alone “fed” those who, because of their rejection of Him, were condemned to slaughter. Jehovah-Messiah is the speaker. It is He who threatens to inflict the punishments (Zec_11:6, Zec_11:8). The typical breaking of the staff, performed in vision by Zechariah (Zec_11:10), is fulfilled in His breaking the covenant with Judah. It is He who was sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zec_11:12, Zec_11:13).

Zec 11:7 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.

JFB:

I will feed — “I fed” [Calvin], which comes to the same thing, as the past tense must in Zechariah’s time have referred to the event of Messiah’s advent then future: the prophets often speaking of the future in vision as already present. It was not My fault, Jehovah implies, that these sheep were not fed; the fault rests solely with you, because ye rejected the grace of God [Calvin].

Even you, O poor of the flock — rather, “in order that (I might feed, that is, save) the poor (humble; compare Zec_11:11; Zep_3:12; Mat_5:3) of the flock”; literally, not you, but, “therefore (I will feed)” [Moore]. See Margin, “Verily the poor.” It is for the sake of the believing remnant that Messiah took charge of the flock, though He would have saved all, if they would have come to Him. They would not come; therefore, as a nation, they are “the flock of (that is, doomed to) slaughter.”

I took ... two staves — that is, shepherds’ staves or rods (Psa_23:4). Symbolizing His assumption of the pastor’s office.


Beauty — The Jews’ peculiar excellency above other nations (Deu_4:7), God’s special manifestation to them (Psa_147:19, Psa_147:20), the glory of the temple (“the beauty of holiness,” Psa_29:2; compare Psa_27:4; Psa_90:17; 2Ch_20:21), the “pleasantness” of their land (Gen_49:15; Dan_8:9; Dan_11:16), “the glorious land.

This may sound like a hard word, and it is, but, the main message in this, yet another message on repentance and Judgment. The message to the true bride of Christ in Judgments, we have hope, our shepherd Jesus, by his Spirit, still restores, leads, feeds, sets free.

The flock of the Slaughter, we are that flock, all of us deserve hell, but because of the blood shed of our great Shepherd and high priest, we are set free. Sin has lost its grip, we have been transposed from one destination, hell, to another, heaven- by Calvary.

Listen, you may still feel like you are like a sheep being led to slaughter, while this is bible truth;

Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

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

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This message in the O.T. now fulfilled by Jesus, is a word of Judgment, a call to repentance, and the soon to come, that now is, way of escape. It is odd to read Rom 8, above, such promise, such hope, yet in the same portion of this well known Chapter we can over look, nestled in it vrs. 36;

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

Have you ever asked yourself, or wondered, why on earth did the lord put that verse in a place that is to be a faith builder, to show ultimate, non ending, no matter what love of the lord for us, nothing can separate Us, NOTHING from this love, nothing but US.

I have asked the lord many times, " Lord such hope, such promise, and than verse 36..what!". What on earth, why on earth would that even be in this Chapter? Balance, truth. No escapism theology.

The Lord was saying through Paul, and this is an O.T. quote, you will be loved in all things, but you have no promise you will not go through all these things, and why, we are the sheep of the slaughter that follow the footsteps of Jesus the great shepherd that was slaughtered for our sins.

We take up our CROSS and follow him. We have a CROSS to pick up, a cup to drink of, many do not want this cross, or that cup to drink of. In the great promise of our O.T. text, now fulfilled, we are still sheep of the slaughter. I do not like to read that, you do not, who does?. The flesh can not handle this, we are told no matter what, and than we get the grand list, none of these things shall separate us from God, look close at this list, look close at the relation of vrs 36 in context with the list of things. Many have not fully understood it, why? They are told nothing of Vrs. 36, only that , no matter what, because of the love of the lord, we are exempt from many things.

It may be said a different way, you may have heard it taught, preached different, same thing, escapism.

You do not normally hear the Rom 8 promise as the word teaches it, yes love is a hard word, it may cause you and me to be slaughtered, all day we are counted as sheep for the slaughter, and so, this makes it very clear, once we come to Christ and make him our lord, we are set free, we are given hope, we are showed love, compassion, his mercies are new everyday...but, we are also called to become one of the sheep, a part of the true body of Christ , that is of the fold of the slaughter, and maybe, all day at that. Now sound good to you....NO, but its the bible, not what I think.

Reader, you are in one of two flocks, The flock of the slaughtered, or the flock of sheep that are being told, everything is fine, live long and prosper, you will always be blessed, and have no troubles. It is up to you to chose what flock you are in, but before you answer, know what the bible says, 'The sheep know the voice of the shepherd and follow His voice and not the voice of a stranger'.

So, are you IN? Are you willing to be a part of THIS sheep fold, the flock of the slaughtered? Think on this.

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