- Zechariah 11:1-13:9
- Zechariah 14:1-21
“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,…” –Zechariah 11:16, ESV
This scripture in Zechariah exposes the deeds of a bad shepherd. The bad shepherd turns a blind eye to those being destroyed. The bad shepherd lets the young wander about without direction. The bad shepherd allows the maimed to remain so forever. Rather than setting the broken leg, the bad shepherd allows the lamb to limp the rest of its days. The bad shepherd lets the healthy starve. Where there may have been strength in health, that strength fades away as the healthy ones waste away.
We have a good Shepherd. Where the bad shepherd lets the fallen fall farther and the strength become weak, the Good Shepherd does the opposite.
The Good Shepherd cares for those being destroyed.
“For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.” –2 Kings 19:34, ESV
“May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!” –Psalm 72:4, ESV
“On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them.” –Zechariah 12:8, ESV
The Good Shepherd seeks out the young.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12, ESV
“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” –Romans 14:1, ESV
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6, ESV
The Good Shepherd heals the maimed.
“And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.'” –Mark 2:17, ESV
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” –Psalm 30:2, ESV
The Good Shepherd nourishes the healthy.
(God speaking) “But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.” –Deuteronomy 3:28, ESV
“‘How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.’ Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’ And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.'” –Daniel 10:17-19, ESV
He has redeemed us, not so we go about our way alone, but so we can go the way with Him. His redemption is good, for He is the Good Shepherd.