Zechariah 11

Zechariah 11

v1 – open your doors
– This speaks of opening up the door of your heart – Rev 3:20
– We need open doors and prayer opens doors – Acts 12:1-11
Acts 12:3-5 – Prayer and trouble
a. If you only pray when you are in trouble, then you are in trouble
b. The Lord can use trouble to get people praying, but always pray whether there is trouble or not
***constant prayer is needed until a door opens………
          Prayer not only opens doors but:
1. Lifts chains off of people – Acts 12:7
– Falls off
2. The supernatural power and presence of the Lord operates – vs8-9
– They walked right past the guards
3. Obstacles are removed that seemingly cannot be overcome
v10 – the IRON GATE — separated the prison from the public
– The IRON gate was super heavy and plated with iron – opened on its own
v1 – open your doors O Lebanon – these are the doors of the Jewish Temple.  They were made out of cedar wood found in Lebanon
– Open the doors of the church and let everyone in……..
Fire comes through the doors – this is the judgment of God
– This speaks of 70AD and the Romans invading the city (Matthew 24:1-2)
Everyone is crying for different reasons:
a. wail O cypress trees – these are the common people
mighty trees – this speaks of those who tried to defend the city but were destroyed
b. wail oaks of Bashen
– The religious leaders of the day
The thick forest – speaks of the Jews who were dispersed to other nations
v3 – wailing shepherds –  these are the religious leaders of the day
Glory is in ruins – they lost their power, wealth and luxuries by their abuse of power and didn’t care for the people
roaring lions – these are the political leaders
– Their place to go and have a good time is over
***the destruction of the temple came because the leaders turned away from God and close the doors of the temple
*******Here is a FORMULA:
Good Political Leaders + Good Spiritual Leaders = A Strong Nation
* The people were crying because of bad leadership
v4 – THE WORD
– People need the Word of God – all of the Word of God
Feed the flock for slaughter – means hard times will come – prepare the people for hard times…
***Hard times will come in our personal lives – The Word helps us through these times…
v5 – owners  – this is Rome
Jews were selling other Jews into slavery and becoming wealthy…They were getting rich…and the leaders of Israel approved of it…
v6 – because of the sinful behavior of the leaders and them forsaking His Word, the lord will bring His judgment to the nation
vs7-8 – Jesus is the Great Shepherd
*if the shepherds will not give the Word to the people, I will come down and do it Myself—————Speaks of the INCARNATION…
“I fed the Flock” – Teacher – the #1 name that describes Jesus in the gospels
The Poor of the Flock – these are believers who are hungry for the Word of God and Jesus.  This group will listen and practice the Word of God.