Five Shepherds of Zechariah 11
In the eleventh chapter of Zechariah, there are five shepherds mentioned.
1. Jesus as Shepherd
The first shepherd is the Lord Jesus Christ who fed Israel during His ministry among them. Israel is termed a ‘flock for slaughter,’ because its national leaders would reject Him, resulting in the nation of Israel's slaughter by the Roman army under General Titus. In particular, Jesus blessed the poor of the flock with His teachings and demonstrations of miraculous powers. His grace brought salvation to sinners, and His unity brought harmony between people from diverse social backgrounds. He fed the flock with grace and truth (grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17).
So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty (Grace), and the other I called Bonds (Unity); and I fed the flock. Zechariah 11:7