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DBRP_361  ZEC.12 ZEC.13 ISA.64 REV.18

DBRP_361 ZEC.12 ZEC.13 ISA.64 REV.18

ZECHARIAH 12-13:Several times I have noted Zechariah and other prophets who use the figure of shepherding a flock— picturing God’s people. In chapter 11, there were puzzling verses where Zechariah evidently performed an outward demonstration involving two staffs. Other prophets did such demonstrations. In this one, evidently Zechariah stood in for the Messiah. The two staffs were named Favor and Union. Our Messiah, Jesus, came to restore us to God’s favor and give us unity as God’s people— no matter from what race. The 30 pieces of silver is spoken of with irony: “this magnificent sum at which they valued me.” Remember this shepherd picture! ISAIAH 64:Yesterday in chapter 63, we heard the people of Israel ask a whole series of questions about the Lord, like: “Where is the one who brought Israel through the sea, with Moses as their shepherd? And here is another verse: 15 NLT LORD, look down from heaven;look from your holy, glorious home, and see us.Where is the passion and the mightyou