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“Errrrrr!” God told Ezekiel. “Speak out against the shepherds of My People. Tell them, ‘Trouble is coming to the shepherds who feed only themselves! Shouldn’t shepherds feed the sheep? You bad shepherds drink the sheep’s milk, you clothe yourselves with their wool, you kill the best animals for meat — you take it all for yourselves, but you do not feed My Sheep! You don’t take care of them.
‘You have not helped the weak become strong. You have not healed the sick. You have not put bandaids on their boo-boos.
‘You have not brought back the ones who’ve wandered away or even looked for the ones who are lost.
‘You boss over them with your pressure and harshness. My Sheep were scattered. My Sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They became prey of wild beasts.’”
Remember that the “sheep” God is talking about are His Children. The “shepherds” He is talking to are people who are responsible to take care of God’s Family — protecting them from the dangers of sin, feeding them with words from Heaven, and leading them towards deep, overflowing Life in God.
If God gives someone the responsibility to take care of His Children, or if they say they will take care of His Children, then they’d better do it! Sometimes a person will say that they will take care of God’s Family, His Sheep, but instead they take advantage of them. They take people’s time, attention, and money and pretend to be important just because they can talk with big words or sing pretty songs, but they don’t love, love, love God’s People every day by protecting them from the dangers of sin and leading them to the green grasses and fresh waters of Life in Jesus. That bad stuff happened way back then and it still happens now — and God still feels the same way about it. Errrrrr!
“So, you shepherds, listen to what God says to you: ‘I am against you bad shepherds. I am taking My Sheep away from you. You won’t be a shepherd anymore. I, Myself, will search for My Sheep and find them. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy, dark day. I will gather them and bring them into their own land. The mountains will be their pasture. There they will lie down in a lush land, and they will eat the yummiest grass on the mountains. I will seek the lost and bring back the ones who wandered. I will bandaid the injured and strengthen the sick!
‘And I will judge between you. Because you push and shove and butt with your head all the weak sheep until you scatter them all over.
‘Is it not enough that you gobble up the best grass? Must you then trample the rest of the grass with your feet?
‘And when you drink clean water, must you muddy the rest of the water by tromping in it?
‘My sweet little Sheep have to eat what you trampled and drink what you muddied!
‘Errrrrr! That’s not okay with Me. I will save My Sheep. I will bring justice.
‘I will set one Shepherd over them, and He will feed them and will be their Shepherd!
‘I will make a covenant of peace with them and will get rid of all the wild beasts in the land, so that My Sheep can live safe and sound in the wilderness.
‘They will be a blessing. Everything around them will be a blessing. I will make showers of blessing come down. The trees of the field will bear fruit and the ground will grow its crops. They will live on their land. They will know that I am the Lord.
‘Yes, safe and secure. No one will make them afraid. They will know that I am with them, and that they are My People, My House, and I am their God.’”
God also told Ezekiel that the two kingdoms would be one Kingdom again. With one King — David. Whaaat?! King David was, well, dead. And the tribes of Israel were all mixed in with other nations now. They were scattered every which direction.
Hmmmm… Could it be that the NEW King David was the Promised Shining Rescuer? And that the NEW Kingdom of God would not be based on who your daddy and mommy were?
Oh yeah, just you wait and see. When this new King (descended from David) comes into this story… WHOOOO-WEEEE! It’s a whole new ball game, boys and girls.