Are you still trying to please God or feel satisfied with a life lived under the old rules? In the face of our rejection of God, he offered a new and living way to relate to him: God introduced a new covenant with his people. Our forgiveness comes only through Christ…
4 This is what the Lord my God says: “Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.
7 So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. 8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds.
The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them…
10 Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations.
Zechariah 11:4, 7-8, 10
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people…
12 “For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:7-8, 12
The prophet Zechariah gives us images of what it must be like for God to try to shepherd the people of the world who detest him and have no interest in being shepherded. God sees us heading toward our slaughter – our demise, and he tries to intervene… yet the flock detested him.
Wouldn’t you grow weary of those sheep? I would. No wonder Israel was set into exile and subjected to their neighbours. God withdrew his favour and he created a new plan: God would introduce a new covenant with his people.
Enter Jesus. Jesus brought us the new covenant which was based on his own personal sacrifice for us. Our forgiveness comes only through Christ and not through the fulfillment of the old law. That covenant has been revoked.
Are you still trying to please God or feel satisfied with a life lived under the old rules? Are you trying to be good enough or seeking fulfillment and value in human means? Under Jesus’ new relationship with people, we have value because he loves us.
We have value in the eyes of God because of his character, rather than because of ourselves. Jesus enables God to see us as pure and holy, just as Jesus is. He is our Good Shepherd.
Don’t detest him. Don’t reject him. Accept the shepherding of God under his covenant of love…