Day 19 - Our Shepherd
Read Ezekiel 34:11-16; 23-24.
Have you ever had a pet and forgotten to feed it? You must’ve felt awful that you had been given a responsibility, and a creature was counting on you to feed it, but you didn’t. God uses a similar symbol in the book of Ezekiel to show how He cares for His people even when others have let them down.
Earlier in this chapter, God was using the prophet Ezekiel to condemn all the people who didn’t care for God’s people like they should have. It’s like they were shepherds who took really bad care of the sheep (which represented God’s people.) They didn’t feed the sheep, they didn’t care for the sick sheep or the injured. So really, the people were without a shepherd. Can you imagine what it would be like if sheep didn’t have anyone to care for them? Alone, unprotected from wolves, no direction or guidance!
But God makes a really beautiful promise about the kind of shepherd He is. In verse 23 we read that God will set up the shepherd “David” over His people; since David had already died by this time, we know that this is the Promised One who would be the great-great-great-great-grandson of David: Jesus! Sure enough, in John 10, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd. He doesn’t lose even one of His sheep. If a Christian begins to stray from the flock and find his or her way into danger, Jesus will never let us out of His hand. He will always bring us back. Sometimes that means He uses His rod and gives us some discipline, convicting us of sin and helping us repent. And sometimes it means He makes us lie down and gives us rest in Him.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He doesn’t act selfishly but even laid His life down for the sheep! Wow. Praise Jesus for taking such good care of us!
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