Zechariah 10: God will restore because of His compassion

When we read Zechariah, we note that after the eight visions the writing changed. the theme enlarged to the future beyond the physical temple rebuilding. In the next few chapters, we shall be reading prophecies which are yet to happen. It takes patience and opening of our heart to the Holy Spirit to understand the prophet seeing the short term future and the long term future.

The Lord continues to speak of why His people went through hardship. In this chapter He brought in a new term for His people, sheep. He says it is because they have no real shepherds. The true shepherds (prophets) convey true prophetic messages and accurate interpretations of dreams from God. Instead of consulting household gods (idols), fortune tellers, false interpreters of dreams, they should ask the Lord. He will look after them because they are His flock. They can even ask Him for favor like the spring rain for their crops. Only God has the power and authority to bless and make strong.

The Lord says He will bring back the remnant and their children. It would be like the time He brought His people out of Egypt. He will train and equip His people to become mighty warriors. He also speaks of reconciling Judah (the Southern kingdom) and Israel (the Northern kingdom). They will become one strong nation again.

Background: The Northern kingdom was conquered and the people captured by Assyria. The Southern kingdom fell at the hands of Babylon. However, the people of the southern kingdom (Judah) preferred to exile to Egypt against God’s instructions through the prophet Jeremiah urging them to go to Babylon where they will be rebuilt.

Zechariah 10 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Lord Will Restore His People

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the spring,
    for he makes the storm clouds.
And he will send showers of rain
    so every field becomes a lush pasture.
Household gods give worthless advice,
    fortune-tellers predict only lies,
and interpreters of dreams pronounce
    falsehoods that give no comfort.
So my people are wandering like lost sheep;
    they are attacked because they have no shepherd.

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“My anger burns against your shepherds,
    and I will punish these leaders.[a]
For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived
    to look after Judah, his flock.
He will make them strong and glorious,
    like a proud warhorse in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone,
    the tent peg,
the bow for battle,
    and all the rulers.
They will be like mighty warriors in battle,
    trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet.
Since the Lord is with them as they fight,
    they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.

I will strengthen Judah and save Israel[b];
    I will restore them because of my compassion.
It will be as though I had never rejected them,
    for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries.
The people of Israel[c] will become like mighty warriors,
    and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine.
Their children, too, will see it and be glad;
    their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
When I whistle to them, they will come running,
    for I have redeemed them.
From the few who are left,
    they will grow as numerous as they were before.
Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations,
    they will still remember me in distant lands.
They and their children will survive
    and return again to Israel.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt
    and gather them from Assyria.
I will resettle them in Gilead and Lebanon
    until there is no more room for them all.
11 They will pass safely through the sea of distress,[d]
    for the waves of the sea will be held back,
    and the waters of the Nile will dry up.
The pride of Assyria will be crushed,
    and the rule of Egypt will end.
12 By my power[e] I will make my people strong,
    and by my authority they will go wherever they wish.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

__________________________John 10:14-16 Jesus the Good Shepherd

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.