The Shepherd

For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.  And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.  I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 34:11-15

This passage has the feel of a Psalm.  It is the Great Shepherd speaking of His sheep.  I find comfort in these verses.  Think of the tenderness showed by the Great Shepherd.  He seeks out His sheep even though they are scattered.  He is going to bring them to their own land.  He is going to give them “good pasture.”  He is going to feed His flock and He is going to “cause them to lie down.” 

Some think of the Lord as a cruel taskmaster.  But that thinking is part of Satan’s deception.  It is Satan who is the cruel taskmaster.  The flesh and the world are cruel taskmasters.  They promise freedom and they promise happiness, but they deliver only slavery and pain.  Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd, is the One who will give us peace and freedom.  This passage reminds me of Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 

He is my Great Shepherd, and I want to follow Him.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by heather joy on May 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

    This reminds me of Psalm 23. Great post this morning.

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  2. Thanks Ben

    It’s wonderful how you find these ‘hidden’ gems and share them with us.

    So thankful He chose to enter into relationship with me, as broken and helpless as I was. Wonderful to know the Great Shepherd is there for us!

    I look forward to the times of resting in Him.

    May His peace be yours today and always.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • Thank you. That is what amazes me- that He would come to save me. I know me and there is nothing that would be worth a Holy God helping me. I enjoy finding passages like this where I don’t expect them to be (like in Ezekiel, a book of judgment)

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  3. Great post. All I can say is AMEN!

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  4. Thank you, Ben, for the assurance and comfort this brings . . .of His promise to care for us. I want to follow Him too! There is no place else to go but with our Good Shepherd.
    God bless you as you keep walking with Him.

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