Mourning For The One They Pierced; Cleansing From Sin (Zechariah 12:10 – 13:6)

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Zechariah 12:10 – 13:6

1. What sad day do you recall from your childhood? How did that event affect you growing up?

2. If forced to choose between the two, would you rather be a prophet or a farmer? Why?

3. Who’s crying here? Why? How extensively (chapter 12:11; see 2 Chronicles 35:22 – 25)?

4. The word for “stab” (chapter 13:3) is the same in Hebrew as “pierced” (chapter 12:10)? What might that say about the fate of those who killed the Messiah?

5. Why would these prophets prefer to be farmers (verses 4 – 6)?

6. What is the good news in all this (chapter 13:1, 2)?

7. In what ways has a “spirit of grace and supplication” (verse 10) lead to conviction and repentance for you? Your church? Your nation?

8. What false prophets today fit the description here?

9. When asked if you are a Christian, what do you say? How do others know without asking? What masks do you wear to avoid detection? What shameful things in church history and in today’s church have caused you to hide?

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Jerusalem’s Enemies To Be Destroyed (Zechariah 12:1 – 9)

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Zechariah 12:1 – 9

1. Who was your childhood hero? Was your hero fictional or real?

2. What did you admire most about your hero? Did you ever dress up like him or her? Belong to a fan club? Explain.

3. What graphic images are used here to describe God’s people? What does this tell you about the covenant relationship?

4. How will Jerusalem survive the attacks of “all the nations”? What is the secret of their strength? How will they dispatch their enemies?

5. Who will be delivered first? Why? On that day, what hero will the feeblest soldiers be like? What will be God’s mission?

6. When you feel like a feeble foot soldier, what is God’s promise to you?

7. When do you feel most like a hero? Why? What’s your secret?

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Two Shepherds (Zechariah 11:4 – 17)

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Zechariah 11:4 – 17

1. When have you broken your favorite club, bat, racquet or garden tool? At the time, did you feel like cursing or blessing? How did you compensate for your loss?

2. Who is this cast of characters: “the flock marked for slaughter”? their “buyers”? “they” (verse 6)? “I” (verse 7)?

3. What roles are scripted here? What is meant by their rejecting the prototype Good Shepherd (verses 7 and 8)? What then happened?

4. How are the props used here: “Favor” (verse 10)? “thirty pieces of silver” (verse 13)? “Union” (verse 14)?

5. What insight does this give us into Zechariah as a “shepherd”? The Messiah as Good Shepherd (compare to John 10:1 – 18)? The anti-Christ as false shepherd?

6. Have you ever rejected a good shepherd? And later regretted it? What did the experience teach you?

7. Zechariah’s staffs suggest that his mission was to ensure divine favor on the flock by binding them into one. How far does this parallel the experience of your church in relation to the Good Shepherd?

8. Breaking the staffs signifies the breaking of Israel into two hostile parties. In what ways are members of your church broken into factions?

9. When do you envision the fulfillment of this prophecy?

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