How the prophecy of the potters field, was foretold and fulfilled by Christ.
Summary: How the prophecy of the potters field, was foretold and fulfilled by Christ.
While searching the Bible the other day I found a prophecy, that I hadn't heard mentioned, at first I didn't understand it. Yet with time it has become clearer and may shock many, as Paul told everyone that 1st Jews, then Gentiles, which as far as this prophecy states and the words of Christ, is not true. As they killed the vine dressers son and so the owner of the vine yard; will give it to new vine dressers, as in Christ's parable. Now this same principle has been prophesied in the book of Zechariah. I have added to this in brackets, all bits to make it a bit easier to understand, what it is referring to.
Zec 11:3-17 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is destroyed. There is a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is destroyed. (4) For so says Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of the slaughter, (5) those buying them kill them, and hold themselves not guilty. And those who sell them say, Blessed be Jehovah, for I am rich; and their shepherds do not pity them. (Jewish people and their teachers) (6) For I will never again pity the people of the land, says Jehovah; but lo, I will make the men come out, each one into his neighbour's hand and into his king's hand. And they shall strike the land, and I will not deliver out of their hand. (7) And I fed the flock of slaughter, even the poor of the flock. And I took two staffs for myself; the one I called Kindness (grace), and the other I called Union (inheritance). And I fed the flock. (8) I also cut off three shepherds (Sadducees, Pharisees and Levites*) in one month; and my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also despised me. (9) And I said, I will not feed you; that which dies, let it die; and that which is to be cut off, let it be cut off. And those left, let them eat, each woman her neighbour's flesh. (Deuteronomy 28:53-55) (10) And I took my staff Kindness (grace), and broke it apart, to break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples (Abrahamic Covenant). (11) And it was broken in that day; and so the poor of the flock who were watching me knew that it was the Word of Jehovah. (12) And I said to them, if it is good, give my price; and if not, let it go. So they weighed my price thirty pieces of silver. (Given to Judas) (13) And Jehovah said to me; Throw it to the potter, the magnificent price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of Jehovah (Potters field in the land of Israel). (14) Then I broke my other staff Union (Inheritance) apart, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel (Sinai Covenant). (15) And Jehovah said to me; Take to yourself yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. (Pharisees) (16) For lo, I will raise up a shepherd (Paul) in the land who will not care for those going to ruin, nor will he seek the young, nor will heal that which is broken, nor will he feed that which stands. But he shall eat the flesh of the fat and tear off their hoofs. (17) Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! The sword shall be on his arm and on his right eye; his arm shall be completely dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
*Now people may think the 3rd sect is the Essenes, yet within what Christ said he refers to the Pharisees, Sadducees and the lawyers (Biblical law) i.e. Levites keepers of the law. So this then would fulfil this to the letter as indeed they didn't like him and he tried with them, yet found their ways unjust.
Before explaining this; 1st here is the bit that makes it clear, that indeed this is what Christ fulfilled; as the chances of this happening as foretold are immeasurable.
Mat 27:3-8 Then he who had betrayed Him, seeing that He was condemned, sorrowing, Judas returned the thirty pieces of silver again to the chief priests and elders, (4) saying, I have sinned, betraying innocent blood. And they said, what is that to us? You see to that. (5) And he threw the pieces of silver down in the temple and departed. And he went and hanged himself. (6) And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, it is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. (7) And they took counsel and bought the potter's field with them, to bury strangers in. (8) Therefore that field was called, The Field of Blood, to this day.
The price of the son of God was 30 silver pieces, the shepherds as the prophecy states were given the option of accepting Christ or not. Yet instead they chose to have him killed and the price of his betrayal was only 30 pieces of silver. Then the bit that makes this full proof is the potter's field, what are the chances that Judas would choose the potters field in the land of Israel, so fulfilling this to the letter.
The part of the eating of the neighbours flesh, is in reference to the Curse of Moses (Deuteronomy 28:53-55); where when the Jews were sent out among the nations as the Curse states, they eat each other's flesh at the 2nd temple destruction. The Roman Siege of Israel lasted 3 and half years, until they starved to death, and literally eat those who died first.
Within Christ's teaching he basically disowned the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Levites (lawyers of the Biblical law); Matthew 23 is a good example of this. So this indeed backs up Christ's teachings of the vine dressers, not giving the fruit to the owner, or in this prophecy the sheep to their owner.
Christ gave to the poor and helps teach them the things of God, as the Shepherds should have been doing, yet instead they just filled their own pockets. So this means that instead of how Paul taught that first Jews then Gentiles, the Jews cut them self off by this act of paying the 30 silver pieces.
Now the second part to this is the foolish shepherd, being Paul of the Pharisees, who then left the sheep of Israel, as the disciples were instructed to tend too. He then went preaching his new, one sided idea (blind in one eye) of what Christ was about, with out referring to his teachings, yet using his own interpretation.
The Rabbi over the flock whilst the diaspora has taken place, have made the religion about themselves, and not fed the flock the knowledge of the Messiah.
In Jeremiah 23, and Ezekiel 34 it continues the language used, when the Messiah returns he removes these foolish shepherds, and establishes a true kingdom over the flock.
Also we can see John and Paul being part of the shepherds to be kicked out i.e. Pharisees and possible Sadducees; who have done a remarkable job of covering this up with a web of confusion. Paul manages in his teachings to not only re-establish many of the old teachings of his own (Pharisee); yet then established a whole church system that follows to their ways, and not Christ's. The only thing with all of this though, is they might have been very sneaky down here. Yet when it comes to heaven, all they have done is shut up the path for many. Paul being the foolish shepherd tells us they searched the scriptures for grace and couldn't find it. This is how I found this, as I searched the scriptures for the Hebrew word grace and found this. So unlike Paul taught, we have grace as they killed Christ, I will put it as Christ and this prophecy states, you have been cut off from God's grace through Christ. For if you believe what the Pharisees have written, you prove your self not worthy of heaven, as you proclaim your self a worker of iniquity, because you believe man is God, and by the son of God being murdered, you can steal eternal life.
This is why Christ said he came to bring division, as what he did was give a clear sign through fulfilling this prophecy that the sects should be stopped. The meaning of the division between Judah and Israel has happened, even though they may have forged half of the Bible to try to cover this up. The reason being is that Mohammed came from Judah and said that Christ was true, yet the Bible had been changed. The Pharisee or Jewish made these changes and so now we have most of Judah against Israel.
So indeed every part of this has been fulfilled, it may have been covered up by Pharisees and Paul's teachings, yet the truth remains, and the prophecy has come to pass.