Zechariah 11:4-5 KJV
Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;
Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
Feed the flock of the slaughter
It is plain that the shepherd of the chapter is a reference to Jesus as this whole chapter is a messianic prophecy. He is here appointed by the Father to that ministry of caring for
- The poor
- The possessed and
- The poised to destruction
The possessor here appears not to be
Rome, who never blessed the Lord, but the
leaders of spiritual and political Israel. The poor of Israel
were destined to slaughter by the very people they hoped would be their
The ministry of the Lord is one to a people who face slaughter. They are given over to sin and eternal destruction. They have no way of escape except that some man should guide them to a safe fold.
That man is Jesus Christ.
All others, though they claim to bless the Lord, only use the poor flock to create their own wealth.
Trust only Christ.