Zechariah 10

Zechariah 10

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The Restoration for Judah and Israel

10   Ask rain from the LORD
    in the season of the spring rain,
  from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,
    and he will give them showers of rain,
    to everyone the vegetation in the field.
  For the household gods utter nonsense,
    and the diviners see lies;
  they tell false dreams
    and give empty consolation.
  Therefore the people wander like sheep;
    they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
  “My anger is hot against the shepherds,
    and I will punish the leaders;
  for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
    and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
  From him shall come the cornerstone,
    from him the tent peg,
  from him the battle bow,
    from him every ruler—all of them together.
  They shall be like mighty men in battle,
    trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
  they shall fight because the LORD is with them,
    and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
  “I will strengthen the house of Judah,
    and I will save the house of Joseph.
  I will bring them back because I have compassion on them,
    and they shall be as though I had not rejected them,
    for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
  Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior,
    and their hearts shall be glad as with wine.
  Their children shall see it and be glad;
    their hearts shall rejoice in the LORD.
  “I will whistle for them and gather them in,
    for I have redeemed them,
    and they shall be as many as they were before.
  Though I scattered them among the nations,
    yet in far countries they shall remember me,
    and with their children they shall live and return.
  I will bring them home from the land of Egypt,
    and gather them from Assyria,
  and I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon,
    till there is no room for them.
  He shall pass through the sea of troubles
    and strike down the waves of the sea,
    and all the depths of the Nile shall be dried up.
  The pride of Assyria shall be laid low,
    and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
  I will make them strong in the LORD,
    and they shall walk in his name,”
      declares the LORD.


Zechariah 10 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”

Ephesians 6:10

Standing strong in the face of difficulty is one of the most challenging aspects to anything we face.  Good grief, there are all kinds of situations in and out of our lives where we’re faced with something so difficult that comes against us where we must stay strong.  This takes place in the secular world we live, in personal struggles and choices and for certain within the spiritual life we’ve been called to.

On our own, we have zero resources to do this.  We can’t muster enough strength to stand in the face of conflict or hardship when it comes to spiritual matters.  We have nothing to give.  It is only by the Power of His Might, the Power of the Holy Spirit we can endure, trust Him in the middle and not let our feet be moved.  With the onslaught of issues, again and again, that test our stamina where facts overrule our faith in some outcome, He calls us to be strong in the strength of His Might.

The Lord proclaims, “I will strengthen… I will restore… I have compassion… I have not rejected…”

Zechariah 10:6

These are beautiful statements from God here and He does indeed promise to strengthen His people.  The key component however is staying closely connected to Him, which in turn the Holy Spirit enables us to do His will. When we stray away from the Father, our power source is unplugged.

Charles Spurgeon noted, “The Lord does not say, ‘I will take you away from your labors’ but ‘I will strengthen you, so that you will be able to perform them.’”

You see, where we find ourselves this day God is in the middle.  He’s still called us.  Still will use us.  Still has a plan despite what we see.  He’s simply calling us to trust Him, rely on His strength to perform against all odds.  “Stand strong in the strength of His might”.  Do not waiver.  He will strengthen.  He will restore.  He has compassion and He will see us through.

Zechariah 10 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

What happens when we don’t receive an answer from God as soon as we like? We turn to false gods and idols. We want to feel comfort, so instead of waiting on God we seek other ways to satisfy that desire. We take shortcuts to cheap imitations like sex, money, food, and addictions. But it should not be this way!

For the idols speak falsehood, and the diviners see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.

Zechariah 10:2 HCSB

The people of Zechariah’s time went to fortune tellers. Probably the most memorable example of this in Scripture is King Saul.

When Saul saw the Philistine camp, he was afraid and trembled violently.  6  He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets.  7  Saul then said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I can go and consult her.” His servants replied, “There is a woman at En-dor who is a medium.”

1 Samuel 28:5-7 HCSB

The crazy thing is, the exile was still fairly fresh in the people’s minds at this point and idolatry was the exact reason they had been sent into exile to begin with!

There were apparently droughts in Judah after the exile (Zec 10:1), and some of the people were turning to diviners and false gods for help rather than the Lord (Zec 10:2). This was utterly foolish in light of the fact that Judah’s exile had been a judgment for exactly these kinds of practices (compare Jer 14:1-10).

Nelson’s Commentary

The interesting detail we can note at the end of verse 2 is that the people suffered because they had no shepherd. This could mean they didn’t have Godly leaders in places of authority, but it can also mean they hadn’t yet experienced the true Shepherd in Jesus Christ. The difference for us is that we have the Holy Spirit which points to Jesus in all areas of life. It is our responsibility to seek Him in times of need!

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