God’s Patience Has Limits
While the longsuffering of God is beyond our human comprehension (Romans 9:22), we can’t take His goodness for granted (Ezekiel 18:20). There will always be a reckoning (Revelation 21:8).
God did everything He could for Israel, but his patience ended when the Jewish system met a horrifying end in A.D. 70 at the hands of the Romans. However, Zechariah warned Israel in advance.
The prophet began with the cedars of Lebanon which were used to build Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 2:3, 7; 1
Kings 5:20) and many other structures in Jewish history. Unlike the spiritual leaders of Israel, the cedars were strong, useful and dependable.
Instead of directing Israel to God, these leaders were fattening the people for slaughter (Zechariah 11:4-5). Therefore they wailed with travail (Zechariah 11:3).
Unrepented disobedience guarantees judgment (Jeremiah 25:15-18). Jesus said, “unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, NKJV).
Today’s shepherds carry this responsibility with them as they strive to protect the flock from wolves (Acts 20:28-29). We must take God’s Word seriously because He never changes (Hebrews 13:8).
God illustrates their sin by prophesying that Judas would sell out his Savior for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-16). To show the evil of their act, we see that 30 pieces of silver was the value of a dead servant under the Law of Moses (Exodus 21:32).
Judas regretted his behavior and killed himself. Just as prophesied, the silver was used to buy the potter’s field (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:1-10) for the graves of the destitute. God’s imagery is brutal and poignant.
Without God, we’re defenseless (Ephesians 6:10-11), so we must cling to Him (Hebrew 13:5). Our Good Shepherd will lead us safely to His eternal pasture if we’ll remain with Him until the end (John 10:1-11; Psalm 23).
God is good and so his Word. No matter what we do, we cannot separate them (John 1:1-5).