Gene Cunningham - September 25, 2003
There's a shepherd over the nation of Israel (Isa 11:11), and He re-gathered the flock on May 14, 1948. Milk is when we continually learn but not apply the knowledge. Meat is to apply what we know (Heb 5:14); the nation in time of Eze, didn't do what God commanded. Failure of the leadership of Israel (Eze 33:1-10). The Shepherd of Israel: (1) In the Old Testament, the Messiah is known as the Shepherd of Israel (Gen 49:24, Psa 80:1). (2) This is He who David spoke in (Psa 23:1). (3) The Shepherd is the source of wisdom teaching. He is the Living Word become flesh (Ecc 12:11). (4) The Messiah will feed His flock like a Shepherd when He comes (Isa 40:11, Jer 31:10). (5) In the coming millennium, the Messiah will reign and David will be Prince Regent under Him (Eze 34:23, Eze 37:24). (6) Previous to the millennium, the Shepherd must be struck down and sheep scattered (Zec 13:7, Mat 26:31). (7) Jesus fulfills the Shepherd role 3 ways: a) The Good Shepherd (Joh 10:10); b) The Great Shepherd (Heb 13:20-21); c) The Chief Shepherd (1Pe 5:4). (8) During the tribulation period there'll be an idol shepherd -- the false prophet (Zec 11:15-17). The shepherds of Israel were feeding themselves, not the flock (Eze 34:1-10). The Messiah will feed the flock (Eze 34:11-16). He'll also judge the sheep (Eze 34:17-24). He'll identify the fat and the lean (i.e., those who seek for themselves and those that don't. (Rom 14:3, Rom 14:10). The nations will know the Christ is God (Eze 34:25-31). These things ought to cause us great introspection — self judgment.
Scripture References: Ezekiel 37:24, Ezekiel 34:1-10, Genesis 49:24, Ezekiel 34:23, Zechariah 11:15-17, Ezekiel 33:1-10, Ezekiel 34:25-31, Jeremiah 31:10, Hebrews 13:20-21, Hebrews 5:14, Romans 14:10, Isaiah 40:11, John 10:10, Isaiah 11:11, Romans 14:3, Ecclesiastes 12:11, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-24, Psalms 23:1, Zechariah 13:7, Ezekiel 34:11-16, Psalms 80:1
From Series: "Ezekiel - 2002"
Ezekiel's vision of God's glory effected his life.