Chapter-a-Day Zechariah 11

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And then I got tired of the sheep and said, “I’ve had it with you—no more shepherding from me. If you die, you die; if you’re attacked, you’re attacked. Whoever survives can eat what’s left.” Zechariah 11:9 (MSG)

Back in my college days, when I would do just about any odd job for a few bucks, my buddy Spike told me about a week long job he’d picked up babysitting. One denominational organization was having their national meeting in Ames and they needed people to help with babysitting and day care for all the Pastor’s Kids (PKs) and Missionary Kids (MKs) while the adults when to various sessions during the day.

Being the only guys in the pool of child care workers, Spike and I got the two toughest groups in the lot. I was given responsibility for the 11-12 year old boys. Spike got the 9-10 year old boys. So for the next week we were responsible for the naughtiest, rowdiest, most cantakerous bunch of foul-mouthed brats I’ve ever experienced (and that’s putting it nicely).

If there was a rule, these boys would break it. If you told them to do one thing, they’d do the other just to spite you. Some of my clearest memories were of riding on the bus getting pelted from spit wads fired from the kazoos they’d been given by some dear, ignorant woman who thought the kazoos a “safe way to keep them entertained on the bus.” Then there was the field trip to Living History Farms when the boys found a crab apple tree and decided to band together and play attack Tom with rotten apples. Early in the week I was tired and frustrated. By mid-week I was cranky and short-tempered. By the end of the week I was downright homicidal. It was only my dire need for college money that kept me showing up each morning.

When I read in today’s chapter about the shepherd getting downright sick of the sheep, I think about my little flock of 11 and 12 year-old PKs. Then I think about Jesus who said He was “The Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep.” How frustrated must God be with this rebellious sheep who is so prone to wander. Yes, I look back with sarcastic and critical eye at those rowdy bunch of boys, but how hypocritical am I being, really? Can’t the Good Shepherd get just as frustrated with me?

Today, I’m mindful of the ways I must be a frustrating person for God to Shepherd, and I’m thankful for a Good Shepherd who would leave the entire flock to find one lost sheep.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Zechariah 11”

  1.  12Then I addressed them: “Pay me what you think I’m worth.” They paid me an insulting sum, counting out thirty silver coins.

    It’s all perspective right? Most of us at some point think we are worth more than we make and we waste energy worrying about that rather than ensuring that we are worth what we make. Today, I am going to prove that I am worth what my company pays me.

  2. I like your analogy and having raised three sons, I understand the comparison.
    Zechariah is one of the most interesting chapters in the Bible to me personally, and I don’t understand the reason it doesn’t get more attention. It is straight forward and to the point. It is also amazing in how graphic it is in it’s depiction of the future. As well as very timely, as we are seeing the fulfillment of many parts of the prophecy here. It seems as if the nations are indeed gathering to attack Israel and for the first time since it’s establishment in 1949, we are on the wrong side. I have heard differing opinions on whether the US will just with hold it’s support or whether it will be active in the actual attacks against Israel. The good news is that God is still in control and He wins in the end. God bless you and thank you for the reminders!!

    1. Thanks for the thoughts! I’m always a bit perplexed to think about the future and what it all means, but it’s always reassuring to know tha 1) I know who holds the future and 2) the best is yet to come!

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