Friday, March 11, 2022

MY SHEEP

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 34-35

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Sheep grazing in Israel. There are two sheep dogs in this picture. One is up front. Can you find the other one among the sheep. Someone has suggested that “goodness and mercy” are the two sheep dogs of Psalm 23, charged with protecting the sheep. In today’s reading, Ezekiel 34, God promises to gather, feed and care for His people as a shepherd would his sheep.

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Key Verses: Ezekiel 34:11, 13

For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and search them out…And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.”

 

Because of unfaithful and self-centred leaders, the shepherds of Israel, God’s people, have fallen into the hands of their enemies and have been scattered, and the land God gave them has been desecrated. In Ezekiel 34, God, through Ezekiel, rebukes the leaders. They were to lovingly guide and build the nation in a responsible manner. The opposite was true. This resulted in God backing off until the offending generation of “shepherds” had passed off the scene, and new leaders such as Daniel, Ezra, and Nehemiah became the shepherds of Israel. God, Himself, assures those in Babylonian captivity, through Ezekiel, that He personally will be their Shepherd, bringing them back to good pasture on the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel reminds the people of the great shepherd king, David, who had died hundreds of years before. There is a descendant of David who referred to Himself as “The Good Shepherd!” Read John 10:11-15 for a New Testament meditation.

Ezekiel 35 shows God’s desire to turn around for good the people of Mt. Seir. These are Edomites, descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob (whose name God changed to “Israel”). Edom, too, shall know Who is the true Shepherd…”that I am the Lord” (35:15b).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as one of Your sheep, I pray that I will, as Jesus said, recognize Your voice and follow You closely. I’m experiencing Your promised “showers of blessing!” (34:26b). May I never stray away from You, Good Shepherd. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

An excellent biography writer I’ve been reading lately is Eric Metaxas. He has written a number of books about various “shepherds” who have helped to lead people in the right direction. One of his books, Amazing Grace, is the story of William Wilberforce, the man God used to free the slaves throughout the British Empire. The publication of this book brought him to Canada as a guest on the 100 Huntley Street program. Again, he traveled to Canada for a TV appearance regarding his book, Bonhoeffer, the German Pastor who stood up to Hitler and exposed the evils of his regime.  Click here for info about Eric’s books, which I highly recommend!

Yours for communicating the Good News of Jesus in the most effective way possible to new generations of precious never-dying souls, all of whom need Jesus,

David

7 thoughts on “Friday, March 11, 2022

  1. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for providing us with shepherds who care for us. Thank You for being the ultimate Good Shepherd for us. We pray for the hurting and lost people today. Please help them, guide them to the safety and peace only You can provide. Show us how to help also – put that new heart in us so we care enough to help, in Jesus’s great and caring name, amen

  2. For the 11th day from the “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1. Pray for God’s name to be glorified in your life, home, neighbourhood, city or community, and in Canada. (Psalm 86:12, John 12:28)
    2. Pray for New Brunswick.
    Pray for the leaders of the province, that God’s Spirit would influence them to act justly, serve with integrity and honour high moral standards. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
    Pray for the churches of the province, that they would be lighthouses beaming forth the illuminating truth of God’s Word.

  3. What a promise to hold onto during times of trouble.

    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

  4. Amen to all the prayers above. We so need to be in perfect peace, and keep our mind on the Saviour.
    There is so much turmoil, but lets all pray together for the world leaders and for each other. Sometimes when there is so much strife in the world, our concerns seem minimal, but we must remember each other in prayer. May the loving, healing hand of Jesus be on each one today.

  5. It is a difficult time for us all. It’s very hard to see/hear about people suffering because of war. May God be glorified during this time and call many to Himself. Help us to be a light in this dark time. God is our Rock Amen

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