The Set Price…Zechariah pt 16

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. (Zechariah 11:12-13)

Zechariah saw the Lord come to his people,Israel, Judah and Jerusalem, as a lowly and meek King, bearing salvation, and riding on a foal, the colt of an Ass. He would save them, and restore them to the greatness of God’s intention for the “Kingdom of Priests’. He would deliver them from the heartless Gentile overlords and from the false Shepherds of Israel, who oppressed them and held them in contempt.

But in Zechariah 11, He saw that the nation would reject the good Shepherd, entering into a level of apostasy which would lead them to disown God as King. Five centuries later, the High Priest of Israel told the representative of Rome, Pontius Pilate, “We have no King but Caesar…”.

We see in this passage one of the most mysterious and detailed prophecies in all of scripture.I will unpack this cryptic statement into four sections.

What is the price you would value me for? “-Zechariah heard the Messiah ask for an appraisal of his worth to the nation.

“So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver…”– Thirty Pieces of silver! Silver one of the Holy metals, prominently featured in the Temple. It represents redemption for it is required in the Law as the the ransom of the first born. This is the price set in the Law of Moses to remit the damage inflicted by an OX which gores a servant- (Exodus 21:32)

“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the Potter…”This would have been difficult for anyone to work out, what could this mean, to “cast it unto the Potter”?

“…In the House of the LORD.”– Like the above, this would be difficult to work out, How does one “cast it unto the Potter”, and at the same time cast it,”into the house of the LORD”?

Five hundred years would pass, until the prophesied events occurred in minute detail, in the events leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.(Matthew 26:14-16)

Notice that this transaction occurred between one of Jesus’ disciples and ‘the Chief Priests” . But after Jesus had been arrested Judas had remorse and tried to return the thirty pieces of silver to the temple,

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.(Zechariah 27 :3-5)

But the Priests had scruples about using ‘blood money’ in a holy place, so they decided together to buy ‘the Potter’s Field” as a burial place for foreign visitors to Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah to the very minutest detail.

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.(Matthew 27:4-7)

Zechariah had already seen the good Shepherd break one of his staffs, “beauty” or “Favor”, thus indicating that the nation of Israel was no longer in the Grace of God. Now the other staff,”Unity” was broken. The nation would be wracked by civil war and division within, as well as Oppression from the Romans without, until Judah was utterly destroyed in 70 ad.

Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.(Zechariah 11:14)

Israel would not allow the Good Shepherd, therefore an “idol Shepherd ” would be given her, yea a series of false Shepherds would arise, most notably Simon Bar Cochba (the “Son of the Star”), a man proclaimed to be the Messiah, but who led the already decimated nation into the final, most devastating revolt in 120 ad.

And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.(Zechariah 11:15-17)

Jesus also would predict this evil Shepherd, when he warned Israel’s leaders,

I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.(John 5:43)

What is true of Israel, in a wider sense will soon be true of the whole world, that If you do not receive Christ himself, you must of necessity receive Anti-Christ!

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6 Responses to The Set Price…Zechariah pt 16

  1. mellany E McKenzie says:

    What is true of Israel, in a wider sense will soon be true of the whole world, that If you do not receive Christ himself, you must of necessity receive Anti-Christ!

    At the Church where I have attending for just over one month, the speaker they had in was speaking on the church in Smryna. He was right about the description and the historical aspect of the city of Smryna.

    But then he went on about how one winter he read all of Augustine and Augustine had been misquoted and then the next winter he read all of the Koran and there is nothing in the Koran to be concerned about. That he had Muslim friends and they do not read the Koran and they do not think ill of Christians yet he did not say that he had presented the gospel to them.

    Then he went on about the poor and how he was not an anti-Semite and that we could not judge all Germans for what happened to the Jews b/c his friend was beat up in Montreal for being a German when he was a kid??

    It just did not make sense. I am pro -Israel, pre-tribulation and he seemed to imply that we would go through persecution (which I agree with, we could) but not the tribulation. I mean why would God pour His wrath out on His bride the Church. Persecution, yes but the wrath of God, no.

    Regarding individual Muslims which I believe need to be saved but the religion of Islam is anti Christian and anti Jewish. I guess one question I would have is why did he want to protect Muslims and not the persecuted church. Another question I have is why are Muslims always saying they are afraid of Christians etc. yet according to Open Door Alert more Christians are persecuted from Muslim nations than non- Muslims nations except for North Korea.

    I am a Canadian so I guess if this Islamphobia law is passed in Canada what I am typing here could be branded hate speech. I am discovering that I have no support when I speak out or e-mail people. I guess this is why I am writing on this blog.

    I listen to Mr. Haller’s prophecy updates and he had mentioned Pastor Bill Randle. The Book of Zechariah is one of my favourites, Just like Jeremiah and Lamentations and the Book of Revelation, Ezekiel and the Book of Daniel.

    I do not know what to do. In the Book of Hebrews it states not to forsake meeting together but this church does not have a pastor, just recently had a church split, and no elders or deacons. It is strange when u talk to Christians but they just do not seem to understand.

    There is a controversy brewing around Franklin Graham speaking in Vancouver this week.
    I know that Donald Trump being elected was by God, but this speaker at the church says no good will come of it. He was mostly talking about Muslims They are crossing our borders in Quebec, Manitoba etc., out of fear for their lives. I just do not believe they are in any fear of their life but seizing the opportunity to make a move.

    Look at Europe and what is happening there.

    Not sure what to do but my conversation was been a lot of Marantha! Even so LORD JESUS COME b/c the whole mess is getting bigger and there seems to be no way out but up.

    I would appreciate your prayers and any wisdom that u could give me.

    In Christ


    Mellany McKenzie

    Churches that have sound pastors, doctrines etc. do not know how blessed they are.

    I really just do not know what to do or where to turn.

  2. Kim Sega says:

    Many of us have thought things like you. But remember we know not the hour or day but Christ told us we would know the season. That season is here and we can count ourselves worthy to escape the things that have and more to come down on this world. Mostly my heart is grieved at how many will be left behind as they follow the large apostasy filling the churches as they make themselves their own god. they call evil good and good evil and Matthew six tells us more. Timothy tells us the be humble and tell them the truth and if they reject the truth,,,from such turn away. that Christ said if they refuse the truth , that HE would send a lie that they would believe. so we are to pray and stay in the word and just trust the L-rd as HE IS FAITHFUL. Matthew also tells us not to worry about who can kill the body but who can kill the body and the soul. so many have faith in themselves but our faith is in CHIST alone. and we are not to be luke warm as the L-rd says if we are HE will sprew us out of HIS MOUTH… There is nothing in this old world worth our souls. I think many pray for HIS soon coming but we also need to remember Christ came as a suffering servent and we should also to win all we can with the Precious Gospel as HE IS THE ONLY WAY the TRUTH and THE life. ONE thing for sure is Bill teaches pure truth and so all his articles inspire me and we should stay in the world and the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. B-d bless you , and keep you safe and know that Christ is the answer to everything. What a wonderful savior we have… Shalom

  3. Jeanne T. says:

    The article doesn’t come up when you click on the link, only the comments.

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