Read: Ezekiel 34:11-31
Consider: In the previous post we discovered that God told the false shepherds that he would remove them, so that the sheep would be protected.
The second part of Ezekiel 34 begins at verse 11 with God declaring that he himself with be their shepherd. He says that he will search for his sheep and look after them. This is in contrast to the false shepherds who only took care of themselves and did not meet any of the needs of the sheep. Remember in the earlier part of Ezekiel 34 God identified that the false shepherds did not:
strengthen the weak;
heal the sick;
bind up the injured;
bring back the strays;
search for the lost.
The implication now is that God, as their shepherd, will meet the needs of the flock in each of these areas. This is a God who cares about the welfare of those who follow him.
Not only does God promise to care for his sheep, but in Ezekiel 34:23-24 he says:
I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the LORD have spoken.
The term ‘my servant David’ cannot refer to King David as he lived some 400 years before Ezekiel was written. When we read this we should be thinking about the prophetic nature of what is said. This prophecy points to the coming Messiah. Almost 600 years later Jesus would come into the world as the promised Messiah and provide forgiveness and newness of life through his death and resurrection.
In the next post we will look at Jesus, the Messiah, whose coming fulfilled the prophecy in Ezekiel 34 and how he declared himself to be the Good Shepherd.
Pray: Father, we thank you that we are safe in your care and that your plan for salvation was something that did not happen by chance, but was planned a long time before it would be fulfilled. Amen