Zechariah 10: The
Lord will care for Judah
Comment: The overall theme of the chapter,
as the title suggests, is the various ways the Lord will care
for Judah, making provision for them [v.1], and, yes, challenging
unrighteousness [v.2,3], resourcing them [v.4] to become triumphant
warriors [v.5], a restored people [v.6], whose triumphs will bless
each generation [v.7]. From verse 8, this same direction seems
to take on more of a future-feel, the people [in the distant future?]
being restored to the Land [v.8-10] with any obstacles being removed
to enable them to return and become secure [v.11,12]. In the light
of history [and remember this comes after the return from the
Exile] one wonders if this refers to the return, that was only
seen after centuries of exile, and that came about in the middle
of the twentieth century. Because each verse tends to be lengthy
and often complex, we have provided a following note with every
Call on the Lord for His provision
the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.
is the reminder that God is a God of provision who sends the rain
that sets growth and fruitfulness in motion.]
False idolatry leads God's people astray
idols speak deceitfully,
diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
specter of idolatry had hung over Israel for so much of its life
and so its presence and effects should always be borne in mind.]
God will punish His leaders who have failed His people
anger burns against the shepherds,
and I will punish the leaders;
for the Lord Almighty will care
for his flock, the people of Judah,
and make them like a proud horse in battle.
leadership of Israel had been part of God's provision to care
for His people, but so often that leadership had failed to do
that so God has had to step in.]
God will bring out of His people all the resources they need
Judah will come the cornerstone,
from him the tent peg,
from him the battle-bow,
from him every ruler.
building anchor, the tent anchor, for establishing the nation,
the bow to be used in battle to ward off enemies, and a ruler
to be over them, were always signs of God's resources for His
people that He raised up from their midst.]
They will become triumphant warriors
they will be like warriors in battle
trampling their enemy into the mud of
They will fight because the Lord is with them,
and they will put the enemy horsemen to
fact of oppression by neighbours had meant they needed to be warriors
for defence and this would continue with His blessing on them.]
He will restore His people
will strengthen Judah
and save the tribes of Joseph.
I will restore them
because I have compassion on them.
They will be as though
I had not rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God
and I will answer them.
rejection in the past exile will be forgotten as the Lord restores
and blesses them.]
Their triumphs will bring joy to them and their children
Ephraimites will become like warriors,
and their hearts will be glad as with
Their children will see it and be joyful;
their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
will this be that they will have a joy that will spread right
down through the family.]
Though scattered He will redeem them from many nations
will signal for them
and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them;
they will be as numerous as before.
I scatter them among the peoples,
yet in distant lands they will remember
They and their children will survive,
and they will return.
will bring them back from Egypt
and gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon,
and there will not be room enough for
may be [future] exile but God WILL restore His people to their
land where they will flourish and multiply.]
Any obstacles to this will be removed and they will return secure
will pass through the sea of trouble;
the surging sea will be subdued
and all the depths of the Nile will dry
Assyria's pride will be brought down
and Egypt's sceptre will pass away.
will strengthen them in the Lord
and in his name they will live securely,'
declares the Lord.
It doesn't matter what obstacles apparently appear to
prevent this return, they will be overcome, and so Israel will
come back to live in security within the Land. These last verses
[8-12] come with both an implied warning as well as a reassuring
confidence for their long-term future.]
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