Daily Word

Severe consequences | Zechariah 11:1-3 (NASB)

1 Open your doors, O Lebanon, That a fire may feed on your cedars.

2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed;

Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down.

3 There is a sound of the shepherds’ wail, For their glory is ruined;

There is a sound of the young lions’ roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

Zechariah 11:1-3 (NASB)

Deeper prophecy

We now get into some deeper prophecy – deeper in the sense it is less clear and, as a result, there are more interpretations of meaning and fulfilment. Chapter 11 seems out of place in some ways due to Zechariah’s focus on encouraging Israel in a time of difficulty. This chapter focuses on the judgement of Israel and it’s leaders. In particular, the rejection of their Messiah. Meyers and Meyers commentary (Meyers and Meyers, Zechariah 9—14, p. 301) says, “chapters 9 and 10 proclaim a positive future, and chapter 11 explains why such a vision is necessary.”


So when would this prophecy be fulfilled? Was this the destruction by Babylon and Nebadchadnezzar? Was this future to Zechariah’s time?  Dr. James Boice’s commentary says, “These verses might have described the Babylonian invasion if they had been written earlier; but that was past history by Zechariah’s time. There is nothing in the history of the people that a comprehensive destruction of the land can refer to prior to the terrible destruction ordered by Vespasian and his successor Titus.” Boice is referring to the Roman invasion in AD 70. The invaders came in from the North, through Lebanon.

As we move along further in the chapter, we see there is a direct tie to Messiah and their rejection of Him – and the prophecy about 30 pieces of silver. 

Severe consequences

The consequences of their turning from the Lord were severe and caused deep suffering. The trees (representing the people) wailed. The shepherds and lions (leaders) also wailed. Zechariah is painting a horrific picture of destruction. This destruction, as we’ve studied, involved the complete destruction of the temple as well.

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