I’ve read Ezekiel 34 earlier this week…
I can’t help but in this chapter, I see a clear similarity between the writings of this chapter and what is happening in most churches today… The writer speaks of the shepherds of Israel who are taking care of themselves only and seeking their own personal gain while forsaking the needs of the “sheep”. I want to reference Isaiah 53, verse 6 (All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way…) – the writer of Ezekiel also speaks of sheep wandering through the mountains, scattered…. “no one was seeking or searching for them.” The Lord is pleading to the shepherds to hear the voice/word of the Lord…because of the wrong doings of the shepherds, the Lord is against them. God says that He will search for His sheep; He will seek them out; among other things. He will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but He will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment. You are my flock, the flock of my pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.
I guess what I’m reading in this chapter (Ezekiel 34) is that even though they have it “all” now, even though they are “fat” now, even though they seek after their own personal gain now and even though they are forsaking the flock now; God will deal with them for all their wrong dealings. They will stand in judgment one day.
Eze 34:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Eze 34:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
Eze 34:3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.
Eze 34:4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.
Eze 34:5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.
Eze 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”
Eze 34:7 ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
Eze 34:8 “as I live,” says the Lord God, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”–
Eze 34:9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord!
Eze 34:10 Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”
Eze 34:11 ‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
Eze 34:12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.
Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Eze 34:14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God.
Eze 34:16 I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
Eze 34:17 ‘And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.
Eze 34:18 Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture–and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?
Eze 34:19 And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet.”
Eze 34:20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: “Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.
Eze 34:21 Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad,
Eze 34:22 therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
Eze 34:23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them–My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.
Eze 34:24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
Eze 34:25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
Eze 34:26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Eze 34:27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
Eze 34:28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid.
Eze 34:29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore.
Eze 34:30 Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’ “
Eze 34:31 You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.