Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DAY 1183 - Good Shepherd? Wicked Shepherd?

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Today's Reading: Zechariah 11

Please read Zechariah 11 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

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Bible Study

The first three verses shows the destruction which was going to come to Israel. The reason is because of how they would reject their Shepherd-King(the Messiah, Jesus Christ).

From verses 4 to 14 Zechariah was instructed to represent the good Shepherd of Israel, the Messiah, uses two staffs to guide his flock.  The staffs represent God's favor toward Israel and his plan to reunite the kingdoms of Israel and Judah into a single nation if the people followed the Messiah. Because the flock despised and rejected the Shepherd-Messiah, he would turn from his role as Shepherd and give the people over to their doom. God had made a pledge to restrain other nations from attacking Israel, but his people had broken their covenant relationship with God by rejecting his promises, defying his laws and being unfaithful to him. So God removed his protection and Israel being destroyed when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., 500 years after Zechariah's prophesy. In verse 12 Zechariah, still representing the Messiah, asked the leaders to pay him what they thought his services were worth. They insulted him by offering him the price of a slave (Ex 21:32).  Thirty pieces of silver was also the price paid to Judas for betraying Jesus. Part of God's judgment was to disrupt and destroy Israel's unity that they would eventually splinter into hostile factions.

From verses 15 to 17 Zechariah was to portray Israel's wicked shepherd who attempt to deceive and lead them astray, which may represent the end-time antichrist. Zechariah uses a shepherd's equipment, but this time to impersonate a godless and cruel shepherd, who used his equipment to hurt the sheep rather than help them. The symbol of the foolish shepherd will be fulfilled in the end-time antichrist.

So, who are you following, the good shepherd or the wicked shepherd? What kind of shepherd are you? 

My Spiritual Journal

What I got from Jesus today is: Good shepherd? Wicked shepherd?
What I received from Jesus today is very, very important reminder and warning to each one of us. Jesus gave me two passages:
 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.    Matthew 7: 15-20

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  John 15:1-8                                                                                                                                                                       

Then Jesus told me a very important message a minute ago:
"Those who cannot be good shepherds means that they are not following me but the Deceiver. You can either be a good shepherd or a wicked shepherd, no other way. Repent and follow me!" 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your word to us today. Help us to repent and follow you that we can be good shepherds.  In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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St. Jude Apostolic Anglican Church, Indian Head, SK
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Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng(Michelle), Rev. Peter Klenner(Jenny),
Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)
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Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice) 
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas) 
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)

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