Tuesday, 21 April 2020 Ezekiel 34:1-31
"You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture.” -Ezekiel 34:31
The Hebrew prophet Ezekiel was a captive in the land of Babylon during the seventy years of exile of Israel and was the first prophet of the exile.
Here in Chapter 34, through Ezekiel’s prophecy, God is criticizing Israel’s leaders for taking care of themselves rather than taking care of the people. He outlined their sins (Eze 34:1-6) and pronounced judgement upon them (Eze 34:7-10). Then He promised that a good shepherd would come who would take care of the people as a shepherd was supposed to do (Eze 34:11-31). This beautiful message portrays the work of the new shepherd, and the future of the sheep. Spiritual leaders must be careful not to pursue self-development at the expense of the broken, lost people.
The primary duty of a shepherd is to see that the flock was well fed. Jesus said to Peter, "Feed My sheep" and "Tend My sheep." (John 21:15-17). Peter wrote to the elders to feed the flock of God. Paul tells us that God has placed in the church, shepherd teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the building up of the body of Christ.
The false shepherds did everything but feed them. They did not care for the sick among the flock. They did not bind up the broken. They did not seek those which were driven away. They did not seek those that are lost. They ruled with force and cruelty.
The following comparison brings out the difference very clear: