Verse of the Day: V7 “And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.”
1. Beauty (V1-13)
V7 “And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.”
God commanded Prophet Zechariah to take two shepherd’s staves, called Beauty and Bands, and used them to lead the flock of sheep or the people of Israel. God commanded Zechariah to break one of the staves called Beauty, which represented Christ, and this action of breaking the stave was actually a prophecy that Beauty or Christ shall be broken or shall die for the sins of man. This prophecy came to pass when Christ, the Son of God, left the throne of heaven, and came to live, die and shed His blood for the sins of man.
V10 “And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.”
2. Bands (V14)
V14 “Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.”
God commanded Zechariah to break another staff called Bands, and this was also another prophecy that Christ, the Bands, shall be broken and rejected by His own people, the people of Judah and Israel. Subsequently, God judged and punished the people of Judah and Israel by scattering them throughout the world. It is sad that even today majority of the people of Judah and Israel still refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
3. Broken (V15-17)
V16 “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.”
God through Zechariah warned the people that there are true as well as false shepherds. The true shepherds love and feed their flock, and heal the broken people, while the false shepherds deceive and destroy their flock, and used their people for their own selfish gain.
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;” (1 Peter 5:2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I know and believe Christ, the Beauty and the Bands.