11 ‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.
13 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.
14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God.
16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
The shepherds of Israel had failed to take care of the people. Instead of feeding the sheep, they had been eating the food meant for the sheep. They were eating the choice food and wearing the best clothing. They had not strengthened the weak, nor healed those who were sick. They had not bound up the broken, nor brought back those who had been driven away. They had not sought the lost. They had ruled with force and cruelty. Since they had neglected those entrusted to their care, the people had scattered because there was no shepherd. They became fair game for those who sought to harm and plunder them.
“My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.” – Ezekiel 34:6.
Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.” Ezekiel 34:10.
God expresses concern for the lost and scattered sheep. He refers to them as “My sheep”. They are personal to Him. He is talking about the lost and scattered sheep of the house of Israel and He looks forward to their future restoration to their land. However, from the Lord’s declaration we catch a glimpse of His concern and care for all His people who are lost and scattered all over the world.
The Lord God declares that He is against the shepherds who have failed to care for God’s people. He will hold them accountable for the plight of the sheep, His people. He will remove them from oversight of the sheep so that they may no longer have authority over His people; that they may not be able to prey on the sheep.
Therefore the Lord says, “I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.” Vs.11.
This declaration evokes great hope and assurance. The Lord God Himself sets out in search of His sheep, to seek and restore them. To return them to their fold which would be “on the high mountains”; a safe and secure place. There He would feed them in good pasture. In a safe and secure place they would lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture.
“I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. – Ezekiel 34:14, 15.
True to His word, He came down from His glory and dwelt among us.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14.
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself declared:
“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” – Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. – John 10:11, 14.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10b.
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