From my blogpost a year and a half ago…
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled; a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. Thus says the LORD my God; feed the flock of the slaughter (Zech 11:3-4 KJV).
“There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds” refers to the Priests, who were lamenting the destruction of the Temple. “A voice of the roaring of young lions” refers to the Nobles of Jerusalem. “For the pride of Jordan is spoiled” proclaims Joshua crossing the Jordan about 1,500 years earlier, and his taking of the Land of Israel, with Jerusalem under David ultimately being made its Capital. Now the “pride” of that conquest, Jerusalem is spoiled. Christ came and to “feed the flock,” but they had by in large rejected Him, and now they were the “flock of the slaughter.”
Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty; and they who sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich; and their own shepherds pity them not. For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, says the LORD; but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbor’s hand, and into the hand of his king; and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them (Zech 11:5-6 KJV).
“Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty” refers to the Spiritual leadership of Israel at the time of Christ. Because they did not “hold themselves guilty,” they would not repent and believe on Christ’s atoning sacrifice to save them from their iniquities and raise them to newness of life.
And so the poor of the flock who waited upon Me knew that it was the Word of the LORD (Zech 11:11 KJV).
Only the few who knew and honestly revered Scripture understood Christ’s Mission in His First Advent—and those who did had trouble comprehending, even then.
Source: Zechariah 11 & 12