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Read Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24


Read Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

11 “I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I myself will look for my sheep and take care of them 12in the same way as shepherds take care of their sheep that were scattered and are brought together again. I will bring them back from all the places where they were scattered on that dark, disastrous day. 13I will take them out of foreign countries, gather them together, and bring them back to their own land. I will lead them back to the mountains and the streams of Israel and will feed them in pleasant pastures. 14I will let them graze in safety in the mountain meadows and the valleys and in all the green pastures of the land of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will find them a place to rest. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken.
16 “I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick; but those that are fat and strong I will destroy, because I am a shepherd who does what is right.
20 “So now, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep. 21You pushed the sick ones aside and butted them away from the flock. 22But I will rescue my sheep and not let them be ill-treated any more. I will judge each of my sheep and separate the good from the bad. 23I will give them a king like my servant David to be their one shepherd, and he will take care of them. 24I, the Lord, will be their God, and a king like my servant David will be their ruler. I have spoken.

Think

The whole of Ezekiel 34 is worth reading.  The prophet Ezekiel has strong for those who use their power to trample those who are weak.
The emphasis is on his lifting up and healing of those who are weak.

Pray

Jesus, you show us the way of gentleness and peace.  Help me to lift up those who struggle; and trust you for your justice.


23 34.23: Rev 7:17
24 34.24: Ez 37:24

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