Week 32   Day 3


God is stating his case against

            the kings and leaders of Israel  

and uses the imagery of

            a shepherd with his flock 

A picture is worth a thousand words 



Notice all the times God says "I will"--

            these are promises God is making   

God would do for these sheep

            all that was never done

            for them before 

God would make it right  



Reality for these people was




They were aliens in a foreign land 



Yet God is talking about peace and security 

            a place where

            no one need be afraid 

Look beyond the present circumstances

            to a time when joy

            will triumph

and God will save and restore.




                               SHEEP AND SHEPHERDS
Finding strays, caring for the weak and injured; well, maybe.
                                              Ezekiel 34


     1The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2"Son of man,

prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord: 

"Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves!  Should

not the shepherds feed the flocks?  3You eat the fat and clothe

yourselves with the wool; and slaughter the fatlings, but you

do not feed the flock.  4The weak you have not strengthened,

nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the

broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought

what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. 

5So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and

they became food for all the beasts of the field.  6My sheep

wandered through the mountains, and on every high hill; yes,

My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and

no one was seeking for them.

     11"'Thus says the Lord God:  "I will search for My sheep

and seek them out.  14 I will feed them in good pasture, and

their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel.  15 I will

feed My flock, and make them lie down.  16 I will seek what

was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the

broken and strengthen what was sick.

     17"I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams

and goats.  18 Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good

pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue

of your pasture--and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you

must foul the residue with your feet?  19As for My flock, they

eat what you have trampled, and drink what you have fouled.

     20"Therefore I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean
sheep.  21Because you have pushed with side and shoulder,

butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them

abroad, 22therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no

longer be a prey.  23 I will establish one shepherd over them,

and he shall feed them--My servant David.  He shall feed

them and be their shepherd.  24And I, the Lord, will be their

God, and My servant David a prince among them.

     25"I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause

wild beasts to cease from the land; they will dwell safely in the

wilderness and sleep in the woods.  26 I will make them and

the places all around My hill a blessing, and  cause showers to

come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.

     31"You are My flock, the flock of My pasture."'"
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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