Ezekiel 34

Ezekiel 34 has the prophet wailing against the leaders of Israel.  The leaders of Israel were supposed to be shepherds, but instead of caring for the people they exploited them. “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock”?  Their sole concern has been for themselves.  They have largely ingnored and neglected the flock so the sheep were attacked and scattered. Because of the corruption of its leaders, Israel was destroyed by hostile nations and its people taken captive into foreign countries.  That was not at all God’s plan.

The leaders neglect was called out in detail by God through Ezekiel.  “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them”.  God had given them a specific task – to shepherd and care for His people. Instead they were looking after themselves and allowing the people to suffer.  God is not pleased.  “I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep . So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them”.

God announces that He’s going to resume the role of shepherd of His people in a much more direct way.  He has been totally disappointed by the leaders He put in place.  Now He’s going to take action.  “I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land….will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest”.  No more depending on men who put self ahead of their role.  The True Shepherd will remove those who allowed their greed and selfishness spoil the pastures while they failed to care for their people.

Ezekiel uses some words we have heard many times in his prophecy.  This time, it is about God’s relationship with His people.  They too have lost their connection to their God, caused by bad leaders who have caused them to be separated and gone astray. God will make Himself known again to His own.  He will cover them with “showers of blessing….the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the Lord….then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people”.  No more depending on man to shepherd His flock.  He’s taking care of them now!

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