Bad Shepherd, Good Shepherd (Wk 10 Ezekiel)

jesus-shepherdThe LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

Ezekiel 34 
God told Ezekiel to prophesy against the bad shepherds. They were feeding themselves instead of the sheep.

Drinking their milk; making clothes from their wool; roasting the lambs. 

The sheep were left unprotected, hungry, scattered. Sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34), in need of a Savior.

Therefore, watch out, shepherds!
Don’t mess with God’s sheep. He won’t put up with it.

That’s great news for us. Instead of being at the mercy of fellow human shepherds to build up the weak, heal the sick, and look after the lost, we have been sent the ultimate Shepherd: Jesus Christ.

He’s looking for his sheep, and once he has them, he’s not letting go.

He’s set up a covenant of peace with us. We live safely in the wilderness and are showered with blessings.

We know, beyond doubting, that he, the LORD our God, is with us. And that we are his people, his sheep, the sheep of his pasture (Ezekiel 34:31). 

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.
John 10:14

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NEXT: Week 11, Restoration 
          Ezekiel 36-37

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3 comments:

Kim from Hiraeth said...

One of my favorite passages! It dove-tails in my mind with what I am studying in Hebrews! Another image of the Savior who 'ever lives to make intercession for us!'

Kim from Hiraeth said...

(I just figured out why I was having trouble leaving a comment here; I have to click the little 'comment as' first!)

Karen said...

Amen...great devotion...and I LOVE that picture...I used it a while back on a post about the Good Shepherd and it just makes my heart melt every time I see it....

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