"Separating Sheep from Goats"
(Matthew 25:32) from
Treasures of the Bible
TO CHEW ON: "I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My Servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd." Ezekiel 34:23
By Ezekiel's time David had been dead for hundreds of years. So what does Ezekiel mean here, speaking about God's servant David being their shepherd?
Bible students interpret "my servant David" non-literally to mean the promised Saviour or Messiah that would descend from David's line (2 Samuel 23:5; 1 Kings 2:45). It was a line God promised would never end (Psalm 89:3-4).
"This is clearly fulfilled in Jesus Christ" writes Roy Edmund Hayden in my Bible's notes on Ezekiel.
How wonderfully Jesus fulfills this prophecy. When we study His life, ministry, and teaching, we see that He is everything the irresponsible shepherds are not:
- He is compassionate with the helpless - Matthew 9:35.
- He is a seeking shepherd of both flocks—the Jews and Gentiles - Matthew 15:24; John 10:16.
- He knows His sheep - John 10:14-15, 27; Matthew 25:32).
- His sheep know Him and His voice - John 10:3,4, 5, 16, 27.
- He provides for and protects them - John 10:9,28.
- He lays down His life for them - John 10:17,18; Matthew 26:31.
- He is their just judge - Matthew 25:32-46.
Those of us who believe in Jesus all these many centuries later are also part of His flock—a flock made up of peoples from all nations (Ezekiel 34:11-13; John 10:16) and added to over centuries.
Our pastors and leaders are His under-shepherds now (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:24).
And we look forward to a day when the beautiful scene Ezekiel paints, the peace and security (Ezekiel 34:25), the plenty (Ezekiel 34:26,27,29), and the freedom (Ezekiel 34:27,28) will be realized in real time (Revelation 7:16,17).
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your shepherding of people over the centuries. Help me to hear Your voice and follow You through my life till the time I see You face to face. Amen.
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