I know, I know. Zechariah again. But seriously, this book is just full of SO many evidences of the authority of God’s Word! Time for another look at the John MacArthur study bible for some truly awesome theology! (Seriously, how can anyone find this boring?).
I am finding the many accurate prophecies concerning Christ and the future to be overwhelming and incredible. What an awesome testimony to God’s power! That He preserved the writings of a prophet to show the prophecies within would predict actual events 500 years later. So let’s see what they are:
“Open your doors, O Lebanon, so that fire may devour your cedars!
Wail, O pine tree, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!” v. 1-2
What’s interesting about this passage, is that the direction in which the writer presents the destruction (from Lebanon to Bashan) was actually the direction which the Roman empire destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. The “fire” in the first verse refers to this event being used as a tool of judgement by God.
“I will hand everyone over to his neighbour and his king. They will oppress the land,
and I will not rescue them from their hands.” v. 6b
Again, this is referring to the desolation of Jerusalem (not Smaug – see what I did there?) in AD 70. The “neighbour” refers to the Roman people, who also occupied Jerusalem at the time; and the “king” refers to Caesar, the reigning dictator.
“In one month I got rid of the three shepherds.
The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them.” v. 8
The most commonly held interpretation of this verse states the three shepherds refers to the three offices of religious leadership: the priests, elders and scribes. In response to the grace and good news Jesus brought to Israel, He was met with contempt and hatred by the Jewish leaders and, ultimately, the people. The word ‘weary’ in the second part of the verse literally means “my soul was short with them”, referring to the limit of God’s merciful patience towards unrepentant people.
“I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.”
So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.” v. 12
Thirty pieces of silver was the price of a slave – then it came to be the same price the Pharisees paid Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. To them, He was worth no more than a slave. This verse is consolidated as a prophecy by the subsequent verse:
“So I took the thirty pieces of silver and
threw them into the house of the Lord to the potter.” v. 13b
Sound familiar? Driven by overwhelming guilt, Judas – having betrayed Jesus – fled and threw the thirty pieces of silver into the temple. The Pharisees could not keep it, as it would have been unlawful – and instead paid for a potter’s field with it.
So there you go – 5 prophecies out of Zechariah 11 alone! Finding things like this always further consolidates my trust and faith in God’s trustworthiness and power, and makes the spiritual seem all the more real since we live in a natural state here on earth, and live by faith.
If you’re like me and find biblical prophecies and predictions help in your growth as a Christian (whether ones about Christ or about historical events), I highly recommend you check out this sermon! The pastor outlines various historical, geographical and scientific prophecies the bible makes; sometimes centuries before they are confirmed by secularist sources!
Enjoy, and see you next time – I hope you’re well until then. God bless 🙂