Zech. 11:7

Tom Harding

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.–Zech. 11:7.

In this chapter the Lord gives us a contrast between the idol, foolish and false shepherds (Zech.11:15-17) and the Great (Heb. 13:20), Good (John 10:14) and Chief Shepherd (1Peter 5:4) of the flock, the Lord Jesus Christ. We see the charge given to the true Shepard of Israel in verse 4, Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter. Here we see the Lord Jesus Christ as our Surety and Mediator of the covenant of grace ready to undertake and carry out all the responsibility given to Him by the Father, to redeem His elect and secure their salvation (Matt. 1:21; Heb. 7:22). Now in verse 7 we see the Lord Jesus answer back with firm resolve, "I will feed the flock of slaughter," that is He will care, provide, shelter, lead and instruct the poor of the flock, into green pastures of truth and righteousness (Psalm 23:1-4). The Lord Jesus describes the two staffs that He employees to feed and redeem the flock, "the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands." Lets consider the Beauty and Bands of the gospel.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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