The Prophet Ezekiel, with God’s Specific Instruction, Presents Potent Correctionson the way His Ministers have Dealt with His Sheep and their Negligenceof their Responsibilities Toward Them!
Though apparently directed at those responsible for the well-being of God’s people in more ancient times, we see in a lengthy narrative in the Book of Ezekiel a critical assessment of the job that His shepherds were doing. What is particularly discomforting in this is the striking similarities we see in the job performance of the servants of His people at various times in history. Not the least of which being the modern era.
This passage is found in Ezekiel 34:1 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2: Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3: Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
4: The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have yebrought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
5: And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
6: My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.”