Dt. 13:1-3 π Lam. 2:14 π Ezek. 34:15-16 π Jn. 10:16 π 2 Cor. 4:12
“I will feed My flock and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord. I will seek that which was lost and bring again that which was driven away and will strengthen that which was sick; but I will destroy the fat (prosperous shepherds) and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.” ( Ezek. 34:15-16; top )
The shepherds of today are no different in their responsibilities than those of Ezekiel’s day, and will be judged by the same standards of God’s holiness, as revealed in the book of Ezekiel, if not more so.
The entire 34th chapter of Ezekiel tells how the false shepherds made themselves fat and gave the residue of the poor pasture for feed to Gods’ flock.
These shepherds were void of the true compassion and mercy of God as they fed themselves and gave the flock to eat that which was trodden down by the unholy shepherds’ feet. They utterly failed to have the heart of God for His sheep.
A true shepherd of God’s flock doesn’t bring promises to the flock, but fulfills the promises of living sacrifice of his own body, time and means. These shepherds don’t preach about the good Samaritan, they are the good Samaritan. This action makes the flock healthy, but also makes the shepherds destitute, not fat; as death works in the true shepherds through the giving of themselves, so new life can be shared with the flock. ( 2 Cor. 4:12; top ) Very, very few are candidates for this.
Jesus the true shepherd, gave Himself without reservation completely to the flock, in spite of not having a place to lay His head and almost void of friends. His selflessness puts us all to shame, but God was with Him, and obviously God wasn’t with these unholy shepherds as they are to partake of judgment.
Soon in our Church age, the true sheep will migrate toward the true shepherd, and the Lord will stop the unholy shepherds from feeding the flock as many sheep have been lost, weakened, wounded, sick and malnourished as a result. (This migration of sheep toward Jesus is not the ecumenical movement.)
Our present inept and pharisaical Church is badly beaten by crime, wounded by poverty and wars, weakened by rebellion, divorce and promiscuity, and many sheep are lost because the unholy shepherds have failed to obey the only true shepherd, so the flock could be restored, healed and given new life. Now judgment must fall as God Himself is tired of seeing the heathen healthier than His children and now says, “I the Lord shall be their God.”
“There shall be one flock and one shepherd.” ( Jn. 10:16; top )
Further chapters in Scripture on shepherds: Ezek. 13, Isa. 19, Ezek. 44, Dt. 13:1-3 , Jer. 2, Lam. 2:14 , Jer. 23, Ezek. 34, Jer. 5. (top)
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