“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’” – Mark 14:27 (NIV)
This is a quote from just a portion of Zechariah 13:7. Most of the passage cannot be applied to Christ’s betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. Only this portion was to be seen as prophetically applying to that moment in Mark 14:27. Let’s look at the full passage and take note of how many different events and prophecies are amalgamized into one.
4 “On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive. 5 Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.’ 6 If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’ 7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the Lord Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. 8 In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. 9 This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” – Zechariah 13:4-9
Watch how, as we move through the prophecy, multiple prophetic events emerge. It is as if we are looking at a collage. In verse 4, I think we are looking forward to the messianic age, but verse 6 looks to the betrayal of Christ at the last supper. Then verse 7 is a vision later of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples. But we switch in verse 8 to possibly the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. And verse 9 seems to point to the redemption of Israel at the return of the Lord. This can be very confusing, unless we understand that sometimes prophecies can be like a Thanksgiving dinner plate with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and corn, etc.—all on the same plate. Each of the dishes are part of the meal, but they don’t all necessarily connect in the way we think they should.