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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
and God will save and restore.
SHEEP AND SHEPHERDSFinding 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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