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“May you and I submit to the Lord, our Shepherd.” <>< Dona (11/24/20)

Please read Ezekiel 34 through 36.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Ezekiel 34

Shepherds and Sheep.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the shepherds were not taking care of the flock (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

The shepherds weren’t strengthening or protecting the sheep under their care (v. 4).  The sheep were scattered because there was no shepherd (v. 5-6). Therefore, the Lord was against the shepherds who were not taking care of His sheep (v. 9-10). And the Lord said He would find His sheep and take care of them (v. 11-14).  He would be their shepherd (v. 15-16). He would judge between the fat and the lean sheep (v. 20-24).

Something to experience

Because Christians have been grafted to God’s family, God is our shepherd too (v. 30-31).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 34:1-3 1 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy, and tell them, even the shepherds, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat. You clothe yourself with the wool. You kill the fatlings, but you don’t feed the sheep.” 

Ezekiel 34:4 “You haven’t strengthened the diseased. You haven’t healed that which was sick. You haven’t bound up that which was broken. You haven’t brought back that which was driven away. You haven’t sought that which was lost, but you have ruled over them with force and with rigor.”

Ezekiel 34:5-6 “They (the sheep) were scattered, because there was no shepherd. They became food to all the animals of the field, and were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill. Yes, My sheep were scattered on all the surface of the earth. There was no one who searched or sought.”

Ezekiel 34:9-10 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the Lord’s word: 10 The Sovereign Lord says: “Behold, I am against the shepherds. I will require My sheep at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep. The shepherds won’t feed themselves any more. I will deliver My sheep from their mouth, that they may not be food for them.”

Ezekiel 34:11-14 11 “‘For the Sovereign Lord says: “Behold, I Myself, even I, will search for My sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered abroad, so I will seek out My sheep. I will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13 I will bring them out from the nations, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture; and their fold will be on the mountains of the height of Israel. There they will lie down in a good fold. They will feed on fat pasture on the mountains of Israel.” 

Ezekiel 34:15-16 15 “I myself will be the shepherd of My sheep, and I will cause them to lie down,” says the Sovereign Lord. 16 “I will seek that which was lost, and will bring back that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will feed them in justice.”’

Ezekiel 34:20-24 20 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says to them: ‘Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you thrust with side and with shoulder, and push all the diseased with your horns, until you have  scattered them abroad;  22 therefore I will save My flock, and they will no more be a prey. I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 I will set up one shepherd over them, and he will feed them, even My servant David. He will feed them, and he will be their shepherd. 24 I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David prince among them. I, the Lord, have spoken it.”

Ezekiel 34:30-31 30 “They will know that I, the Lord, their God am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people, says the Sovereign Lord. 31 You My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are men, and I am your God,’ says the Sovereign Lord.”

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Theme Ezekiel 35

Mount Seir and all of Edom (v. 15).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You were against Mount Seir (v. 1-3).  

Something to think about

Ezekiel may be using Mount Seir to represent all the nations opposed to God’s people.  Eventually God will judge all those who are against His people (v. 4-5).

Something to experience

Because how we treat others can boomerang, we must be careful in our judgment of others (v. 6).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 35:1-3 Moreover the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and tell it, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out My hand against you. I will make you a desolation and an astonishment.” 

Ezekiel 35:4-5 I will lay your cities waste, and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”  Because you have had a perpetual hostility, and have given over the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time of the iniquity of the end;”

Ezekiel 35:6 “therefore, as I live,” says the Sovereign Lord, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood will pursue you. Since you have not hated blood, therefore blood will pursue you.” 

Ezekiel 35:15 “As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel because it was desolate, so I will do to you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Theme Ezekiel 36

Mountains of Israel (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, because Israel was scorned, all the nations around them would suffer scorn (v. 6-7).

Something to think about

The Israelites defiled their own land with their ways and deeds (v. 16-17).  So, God poured out His wrath on them (v. 18-19).

Something to experience

Though the Israelites profaned His name God had respect for His holy name because He was concerned about the salvation not only of His people but the whole world (v. 20-21).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 36:1 “You, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the Lord’s word.'” 

Ezekiel 36:6 -7 6 “Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and tell the mountains, the hills, the watercourses and the valleys, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath, because you have borne the shame of the nations.” Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: “I have sworn, ‘Surely the nations that are around you will bear their shame.’”

Ezekiel 36:16-17 16 Moreover the Lord’s word came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and by their deeds. Their way before Me was as the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.”

Ezekiel 36:18-19 18 “Therefore I poured out My wrath on them for the blood which they had poured out on the land, and because they had defiled it with their idols. 19 I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. I judged them according to their way and according to their deeds.” 

Ezekiel 36:20-2120 “When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name; in that men said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and have left His land.’ 21 But I had respect for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.” 

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for being our shepherd.  Thank You for protecting us, healing us and saving us (Ezekiel 34:11-16).  Lord, I pray we will be careful how we treat others (Ezekiel 35:6-8). Lord, I pray we will represent You properly to the rest of the world (Ezekiel 36:23).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I be good representatives for the Lord.” <>< Dona