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Zec 11:15 Then the LORD said to me, "Take once more the implements of a worthless shepherd.
Zec 11:16 For lo, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for the perishing, or seek the wandering, or heal the maimed, or nourish the sound, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
Zec 11:17 Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword smite his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!"
It seems to me, this was written by Zechariah about himself. He felt YHWH told him to be a metaphorical shepherd (ie: a prophet?) who was then "defeated," b/c he could not reconcile Judah with Israel. Then YHWH said he would raise up another "shepherd" "who does not care for the perishing, or seek the wandering, or heal the maimed, or nourish the sound, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs."
Surely you do not believe this refers to Jesus?
"30.He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver - Zechariah 11:1-17"
The prophet/shepherd in this verse was not sold for silver pieces, those were his wages (given to him, not to a betrayer as in the NT) which he rejected and put in the treasury.
Yeah, you know, I think Jews would care a whole lot less (read: not at all) about the whole issue if it weren't something that Christians used to try to convert Jews.
I mean, I used to get an incredible amount of junk mail from Christian proselytizing organizations that was incredibly offensively deceptive ... all very slick, too. There's one in particular called "Issues" that sticks out in my mind, always has a "from the shtetl" story and all sorts of Jewish-looking-and-sounding content, and is all devoted to "mashiach" this and "mashiach" that, and then when you get to the last paragraph of the last article they finally come out of hiding and you get the whole "believing in Jesus is Jewish" thing.
Makes me nuts.
Verses 12-14 describe the value placed upn the work of the good shepherd, In verse 12, the good shepherd asks the leadership for his wages.
|He is paid thirty pieces of silver which is like the value for a dead slave at that time. Therefore the work of good shepherd is therefore judged to be equivalent to a dead slave. An insult. But who is really insulted? Not the prophet.
The Lord says: "throw it to the potter, that magnificent price (sarcasm) at which I valued by them".
|It is the Lord who is Good shepherd, It is the Lord whose work is so despised as to be valued in such low price.|
|At least to me, it seems as if Zecharia is merely an actor playing the prophetic role.|
|Then the prophet is told to take the the 30 pieces of silver and throw them away by throwing them into the potter's are of the Temple.
...Which is exactly what Judas did after his betrayal - threw the coins into the potter's section of the Temple Compound.
|Also the chief priests who paid to Judas, have taken the money from Temple treasury, the money that were intended for the specific purpose of purchasing sacrifices. They didn't realize it, but that's exactly what they did.|
|Will await for Jewish moms who have Rabbinic interpretations, since I only have Hebrew Christians interpretation (the once who know Hebrew inside and out).|
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