Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 22, 2017

“Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 34.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+34&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.  Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the flock?  You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.  Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost;  but with force and with severity you have dominated them.  They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.  My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill;  My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’”

For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.  As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.  I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land;  and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land.  I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel.  There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God.  I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick;  but the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them with judgment.”  Ezekiel 34:1-6 and 11-16.

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Other doctrine focuses on man and depends on men to be good shepherds.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and depends on The Good Shepherd.

Other doctrine focuses on the lost sheep being wise enough and willing and strong enough to come back to the fold.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on the Good Shepherd bringing back His sheep into the fold.

Other doctrine focuses on its shepherds caring for the sheep.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God, the Great “I” of Scripture, and focus on what God does:  “I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.  …   I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered …     I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land …  I will feed them …   I will lead them …  I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick”.  Verses 11-16.

I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father;  and I lay down My life for the sheep.  …  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:14-15 and 27-29.


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