Ezekiel Chapter 34

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Ezekiel 34

1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;

8 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;

10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again 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 with judgment.

17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?

19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.

21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.

25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.

31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

37 thoughts on “Ezekiel Chapter 34

  1. 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

    13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

    14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

    thank you jesus for everything I love you and just simply thank you<3
    (my shield,protector.my healer,most importantly my comforter)

  2. Thankful for my Shepherd

    Moving with the Military gave the opportunity to visit many churches; all of them were Apostolic Pentecostal Churches and I can truly say that our Pastor feed us banquets in every services. We have been blessed with a Pastor that takes care of his sheaves. He feeds them, tends to them, love them, and prays for them. That is why it is so hard to see people that don’t partake of the banquet that he serves. They come in, and go out the same way, skinny, dirty, and bonded. I will take it a step further, have you ever gone to one of our fellowship times, where the whole congregation and community is at like Western Day; our Pastor is the last one to eat. He makes sure everyone else have eaten, had a good time, and its enjoying themselves before he eats. That its what makes a great leader. In the military, we are the same way, we bring our troops to eat, and the higher ranks eat last, we make sure that those that are under our care eat first. I bless my Pastor and his Wife everyday.

    5 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

    26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

    31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

    I feel like the Lord has already done that with me and my family the moment He brought us to POFW. Thank you Jesus for a Pastor that takes great care of Your Sheaves.

  3. Verse 16 AMP “I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong [who have become hardhearted and perverse]; I will feed them with judgment and punishment.” The Lord is my Shepherd…thank you Jesus.

    Verses 30-31 MSG “‘They’ll know, beyond doubting, that I, God, am their God, that I’m with them and that they, the people Israel, are my people. Decree of God, the Master: You are my dear flock, the flock of my pasture, my human flock, And I am your God. Decree of God, the Master.’” My God. We must keep reaching/stretching for those who still do not know who they belong too.

  4. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

    I have often heard the Church compared to a hospital – a place where new lives are began, the diseased can gain strength, the sick can be healed, the broken can be made whole, and a place where those that have gone astray can safely return without fear. Too often, those that need these ‘hospitals’ most are are not comfortable coming to them because of the type of treatment they have received before, or the attitude of the workers towards them. Let us treat with love and care those that trust us with their recovery and rehabilitation, lest we later need care and receive some of our own medicine!

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    The Will Of God

    4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

    5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

    You see in these verses that it is the will of God for us to administer the gifts of the Spirit in the house of God.

    *Strengthen the diseased
    *heal the sick
    *put the broken back together
    *bring back the backslider who was offended
    *go on outreach to seek the lost
    *lead the sheep into peace and safety

    It is the will of God for the miraculous to happen in our churches. In fact, if the miraculous does not happen, that’s when we’re in trouble.

  6. The hope of the backslider

    16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again 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 with judgment.

    In the year 2000 I made a terrible mistake. From the sheepfold I cried out against the shepherd, and took off on my own. I feel into a dark pit surrounded by wolves that desired my flesh. The storms of life tore my once shiny wool coat. The gleeful baa was turned to a depressing sigh. I was away from the shepherd.

    For years I sank deeper, and deeper. I even looked for substitutes to be my shepherd. Sadly, substances, worldliness, and false religion proved insufficient in all accounts. I had made a decision to leave the loving arms of the shepherd, and soon fate would deal me my just reward.

    In 2006 I was covered in filth, barely recognizable, and a shell of my former self. Then the shepherd found me. He washed me off, and took care of me. He healed me, and bound my wounds. He led me to a man of God that is a shepherd after his own heart, and showed me he was willing to leave the 99.

    Luke 15:4-7
    What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
    And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
    And when he cometh — home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
    I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

    This is my testimony. I was a lost sheep, but thanks be to God the shepherd came looking for me. What great desire we must have to search for the lost sheep. Never give up, but always pray for, and have an expectant heart for the return of the backslider.

    2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us- ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

  7. 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

    3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

    4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

    The call to shepherd is not meant to be a glorifying ( of oneself) experience. It’s not meant to be a position for show, to be put on display. It is work. My understanding of an actual shepherd in the physical ( one who literally takes care of sheep not referring to a spiritual flock) is it is a very dirty, hands on, physical job. A shepherd must speak to the sheep so the sheep learn his/her voice, they protect, lead them to provision, carry them when necessary, and so on. A spiritual shepherd is meant to work the same: feed, care, protect, and so on. This passage today speaks of those who take advantage of the position or title. You will know them by their fruit. If a flock is spiritually starving, and potential sheep not being brought in, wounds being left unattended, etc., the shepherd may not be tending Gods sheep.

    I found verse 3 to be alarming. Not only has God addressed the taking advantage of being a shepherd but not He addresses something I believe more sinister. Killing those that are fed, but not feeding your flock. If a shepherd isn’t feeding his flock then they are spiritually starving but someone who is fed is someone who has a walk with God, reads, prays, and does their best to do what’s right. Ladies and gentlemen if the shepherd is killing saints and other men and women of God then there is a serious problem. How do we recognize this?
    Proverbs 18:21
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
    and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    If someone tears down men and women of God then they are trying to kill them with their words.

    Romans 16:17
    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

    The bible clearly states for us to mark them that cause division.

    1 Chronicles 16:22
    Saying, Touch not mine anointed,
    and do my prophets no harm.

    Thank God for a pastor who feeds Gods sheep, works, and teaches us by example and word not to speak against the Lords anointed.

  8. What was really lost??

    16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again 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 with judgment.

    In the garden, before the original sin, the two people on the earth were created to have a relationship with God. They walked with God in the garden and fellowshiped with him. They were in the most glorious presence of God throughout their day. They didnt have to search for him, nor him for they. The relationship was that of a father and a son. As my sons come sit in dads lap to ready the word of God, Adam could be in God while he was the word.

    The relationship was tarnished by the betrayal of the son. Adam put a barrier between them when they sinned. Now the greatest relationship that had ever been established was lost.

    God is seeking that lost relationship today. How do we get back in God as he is the word as Adam did in the beginning?

    Help us Father that we might see you as man saw you in the beginning. That we may gain that which was lost so long ago. That you may truly be our Father once again.

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  9. 31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

    There are people today who say they don’t need a pastor in their life. Well next time we hear that ,let’s send them to this chapter. We need pastors. They are the shepherds of the flocks of God. Thank you Jesus for sending one of the best shepherds that you have to Fort Worth.
    We better be thankful for a Pastor who loves us enough to tell us when we are wrong.

  10. God ’s Message came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherd-leaders of Israel. Yes, prophesy! Tell those shepherds, ‘ God, the Master, says: Doom to you shepherds of Israel, feeding your own mouths! Aren’t shepherds supposed to feed sheep? You drink the milk, you make clothes from the wool, you roast the lambs, but you don’t feed the sheep. You don’t build up the weak ones, don’t heal the sick, don’t doctor the injured, don’t go after the strays, don’t look for the lost. You bully and badger them. And now they’re scattered every which way because there was no shepherd—scattered and easy pickings for wolves and coyotes. Scattered— my sheep! —exposed and vulnerable across mountains and hills. My sheep scattered all over the world, and no one out looking for them! (Ezekiel 34:1-6 MSG)

    These passage of scripture makes be very thankful for a diligent shepherd. Who number one passion is to please The Lord. 

    Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds; (Proverbs 27:23 AMP)

    This verse reminds me of Christ who is known as the good shepherd in John 10:11. What an example to have and to become like the great shepherd. God’s people are often referred to as sheep in the bible (Matt. 25:31-33). This verse challenges me to be diligent with Gods people that have been placed in our care. It’s a great miracle to receive salvation through baptism in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost, but your journey has just beginning. Remember your destination is HEAVEN.

    DILIGENT in the Strong’s Concordance means- to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing) care, instruction, familiar friend….

    STATE in the Strong’s Concordance means- face, countenance or presence of a person.

    Knowing our fellow brothers and sisters face to face is one of the keys to great growth as a church body. And we are challenged in this verse to know the state of flocks.

    And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:46, 47 KJV)

  11. NOW WE KNOW

    23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
    24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
    25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
    26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
    27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

    The psalmist that is most referenced in the 23rd psalm, I believe makes reference to this passage and promise.

    Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    The LORD gives us some markers to identify if and when we are HIS and we allow HIM to be our shepherd. Peace, Safety, Rest, Things around you are Blessed, Showers of BLESSING, bearing FRUIT, bunker crops, deliverance.

    In verse 27 the LORD says “they shall know that I am the LORD”. This is the evidence that accompanies the person that follows the LORD.

    GNT
    24 I, the Lord, will be their God, and a king like my servant David will be their ruler. I have spoken. 25 I will make a covenant with them that guarantees their security. I will get rid of all the dangerous animals in the land, so that my sheep can live safely in the fields and sleep in the forests.

    26 “I will bless them and let them live around my sacred hill.[a] There I will bless them with showers of rain when they need it. 27 The trees will bear fruit, the fields will produce crops, and everyone will live in safety on his own land. When I break my people’s chains and set them free from those who made them slaves, then they will know that I am the Lord.

    Thank you JESUS for being MY shepherd!

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  12. The message version states: 17-19 “‘And as for you, my dear flock, I’m stepping in and judging between one sheep and another, between rams and goats. Aren’t you satisfied to feed in good pasture without taking over the whole place? Can’t you be satisfied to drink from the clear stream without muddying the water with your feet? Why do the rest of my sheep have to make do with grass that’s trampled down and water that’s been muddied?”

    I do not have experience with sheep and goats. However I do know horses and cattle. Cattle are careless creatures while horses are very picky. I have seen cattle walk up to perfectly clean drinking water and step into the stream and then begin drinking the muddied water. A horse, generally, will not step into the stream before drinking. The same goes for eating. Cattle will eat anything in front of them. Some hay is not suitable for consumption but that does not deter cattle. A horse will starve before eating “trash” hay.

    So, how does this apply to us? I have found that some people thrive on drama, strife and stirring up trouble. We at POFW have it better than any other church on this planet. Pastor Watts is the best Shepard in the Lord’s army. How can people not recognize what God has placed before us? Why must we “muddy” the waters instead of taking advantage of the fresh clean nourishment?

  13. A covenant of peace

    23.And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their Shepherd.

    Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with hid arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

    Jeremiah 23:4-5 And I will set up “shepherds ovet them ehich shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.
    A Righteous Branch
    5.Behold, the days come, saith The Lord
    That I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth.

    Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom'” (Luke 12:32).

    Thank God for being my Shepherd, Father, King!

    Thank God for my Pastor Watts/Shepherd !

  14. 34:1-31 After explaining the sands of Israel’s shepherds, or leaders (vv.1-6), he pronounces judgment on them(vv.7-10) and promises the care of God Himself as the true Shepherd of Israel(vv11-31).God will also appoint David as a shepherd(vv.24), a reference to David’s role during the Millennium.The covenant of peace is God’s promise of blessing during this period. Note on Jeremiah 31:31-34) And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, set the Lord:

  15. 27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

    28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

    Hallelujah God’s got our back! He’s looking out for us, he well take care of us. Thank you Jesus. And thank God for a sheppard that isn’t only worried about himself but does his best to make sure the flock is fed and safe from harm. Thank you Jesus

  16. In reading this chapter I thought of Psalm 23. I thank God for being my shepherd, for His love for us to go and find us even though we may have scattered.

    31 You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken! (NLT)

  17. 8. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, became there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9. Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 10. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. Thank you JESUS for supplying all my needs.

  18. Jesus is HERE!!

    23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

    This is a prophecy of the “great shepherd” Jesus. He has come to give us peace and feed us with His word. Thank you Lord for the blood.

  19. Wow…what an amazing scripture of a Mighty Shepherd who is gathering his flock. Jesus Christ is our Shepherd and he will go through great lengths to recover his people. He is our True Shepherd, and if you have felt alone or left behind. In this scripture, is an assurance he cares for you and will travel great distances or measures to get you back or redirect your steps. Our Pastor is like our Shepherd, he is constantly trying to keep the flock together, and we are on this journey together. He is Christ Jesus’s mouth piece, and he preaches from the Bible “WORD”, and he is led by the Holy Spirit. “OUTREACH IS IMPORTANT”………But, look at what Jesus is willing to do in the next verses to even bless his people with a covenant of peace, and with the New Covenant we have better promises. Praise God, thank you Lord Jesus Christ for all that you have provided and for all that you are about to do. Amen & Amen………

    6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

    11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

    12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

    14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

    16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again 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 with judgment.

    23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

    25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

    26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

    We are about to get fat, and be showered with blessings. Just like the song says, ” Let It Rain”………….

  20. 30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.

    31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

    I am yours and you are mine…
    We see here what the Lord expects from shepherds, pastors. God let’s us know why we have them and for what purpose.

    4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

    I am thankful for a shepherd that shares God’s heart towards the caring of the flock.

    Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you shepherds after my own heart,who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.

  21. vs25
    in vs 25the covenant is mentioned. It is not the same as the new covenant but will be initiated after the new is fulfilled. Under it God will remove foreign nations shower blessings on Israel and her land and have complete security. At that time Gods people will realize that he is the Lord and the people will be submitted to his ways.

  22. 3.Ye eat the fat,and ye clothe you with the wool,ye kill them that are fed:but ye feed not the flock

    Lord thank you for the world thank you for the food we eat

  23. This chapter illustrates actions. Their deeds were not favorable; “Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad”. One must be mindful of one’s actions, for the Lord (Jesus) sees all; “For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  24. 34 1-6 God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherd-leaders of Israel. Yes, prophesy! Tell those shepherds, ‘God, the Master, says: Doom to you shepherds of Israel, feeding your own mouths! Aren’t shepherds supposed to feed sheep? You drink the milk, you make clothes from the wool, you roast the lambs, but you don’t feed the sheep. You don’t build up the weak ones, don’t heal the sick, don’t doctor the injured, don’t go after the strays, don’t look for the lost. You bully and badger them. And now they’re scattered every which way because there was no shepherd—scattered and easy pickings for wolves and coyotes. Scattered—my sheep!—exposed and vulnerable across mountains and hills. My sheep scattered all over the world, and no one out looking for them!

    7-9 “‘Therefore, shepherds, listen to the Message of God: As sure as I am the living God—Decree of God, the Master—because my sheep have been turned into mere prey, into easy meals for wolves because you shepherds ignored them and only fed yourselves, listen to what God has to say:

    10 “‘Watch out! I’m coming down on the shepherds and taking my sheep back. They’re fired as shepherds of my sheep. No more shepherds who just feed themselves! I’ll rescue my sheep from their greed. They’re not going to feed off my sheep any longer!

    This chapter is referring to the shepherd “Pastor”, but it also refers to those involved in the Care Team Ministry. We are appointed shepherds over the flock of new converts God has entrusted into our care. Are we watching out for them? Are we seeing that they are fed instead of feeding ourselves? Are we building them up? Do we see that they receive healing for their hurts and wounds of the world? Are we doctoring their injuries from the carnal world? Do we go in search of them when they miss a service or services? Or do we ignore them and feed and clothe ourselves, come to the table of the Master and eat ourselves and let them fend for themselves. This chapter should put all of us under conviction!

  25. Shepherds and Sheep

    Using clear and conemning imagery, Ezekiel denounces the “shepherds” of Israel (the leaders of the nation), who lead the “sheep” (the people of Israel) astray. These sheperds have selfishly used their power and position for their power and position for their own gain and protection rather than for the good of their flock. They have left the flock without a leader, and the flock is now scattered in exile. Putting themselves above the flock they were entrusted is unlike their Creator, but like their cosmos temptor who enjoys pleasing himself also:

    Isa 14: 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

    Both creations displaying the same spirit will meet the same fate. God declares that He Himself will become the people’s sheperd, gathering them back to Himself, an affirmation of the end of the exile and the return of the Jews to Israel (vs 11-16). Israel has a track history of leaders, judges, and kings that had this same trouble, so it’s not just sheperds its God’s peoples interest, intrigue, and intoxication with cosmos. God created us for a reason and it wasn’t to praise self or cosmos, weither His creation are shepherds or sheep. sa 43: 21 “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”

  26. 10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

    11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

    God is serious about his sheaperds teaching his people and leading his people in the right way. He wants to make sure that his leaders are leading in the right mannar and that they are not leading his “sheep” astray.
    Its important as leaders to first and foremost lead by example because before anyone will hear what you say they will see who you really are.

  27. The Good Shepherd

    16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again 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 with judgment. 17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

    What an amazing shepherd we have in Jesus! He came to seek and save that which was lost. He is there for all of us. He is looking for those who are hiding or may be called a backslider. We are called to be Christ like. That means that we have to have the mind of this great shepherd. We must look for those who are lost, seek out those that are in hiding or have been pushed away. We are his hands and feet to the broken community! WE are to be those that go and help the sick while we pray for their recovery. God help us all to be more like you every day! Help us to be seeking instead of driving your flock away. What good is it to be in a herd if you are the only one?–UNITY AND COMPASSION

    Imagine creatively–
    What would happen if we all were more like the good shepherd here and went after our fellow townspeople or even church goers?
    I can only imagine. That is probably how Pastor feels and why he won’t stop!

    And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Genesis 11:6 KJV)

  28. God is not pleased with those who mistreat his sheep. The sheep belong to God and any mistreatment will be judged by God harshly. A good shepherd knows how to take care of God’s flock and will not ignore God’s flock just to feed themselves. To whom much is given much is required.

  29. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

  30. 25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

    What a day when The Lord established a covenant with me. The things of this life that would eat me up I now have victory over. I can now dwell in this world but live in the safety of God’s presence.

    26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? -Psalms 24:3

    He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. -Psalms 24:4

    He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. -Psalms 24:5

    Lord let my heart be pure and hands clean so that I may dwell in thy holy place.

  31. 13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

    BRING THEM OUT

    There comes a time when God will bring out his people from all the people. He will bring them out then deliver them into the land he has promised.
    God has brought us out and delivered us from all countries and brought us to a land of our own.

    Hello POFW we are headed to a land I truly believe God has gave us.

  32. How beautiful it is to know that God loves us so much, he protects us from the enemy because he cares. God has unconditional love for us no matter if we are weak or strong, he has the power to destroy the strongman and the power to save and protect us. Thank you Lord for placing me in the hands of a genuine Pastor who speaks into my life for my own good. What an awesome God I serve. Lord I give you access to my heart and soul. Lead me to that secret place Lord where I can be with you.

  33. Covered

    3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

    4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

    5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

    Many are familiar with the advertising slogan “Can you hear me now?” When it comes to cell phone service, it’s a priority to have coverage whenever we need it. After all, what’s the point of a phone if you have no service?

    This example highlights how important a roll our covering plays in our lives. What’s the point of a covering if they do not cover you? We should thank God and pray for godly leadership and not take for granted those who would sacrifice to cover us how we need it. Not everyone will go the second mile to serve with love as Jesus and not rule with cruelty.

    Jeremiah 3:15
    And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

    John 10:10-11
    10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

    Matthew 11:28-30
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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