A True Shepherd At Last
In the first part of Chapter 34 (verses 1 — 10) of the prophecy of Ezekiel, the writer laments, with some indignation, the lack of care the rulers of Israel demonstrate towards the Lord’s flock. The suffering of the people is attributed to the lack of proper guidance and nurturing according to their real needs. The Lord God is angry that the power and authority He gave the leaders have been used by them to further their own advantage instead of the good of all.
The Prophet of God then proclaims one of the most beautiful messages of hope in all of Sacred Scripture. Through His messenger, God describes how the True Shepherd of Israel will restore the damage already done, and provide the guidance and support God’s people will need to bring them to the fullness of life for which they were created. (Ezekiel 34: 11 — 16)
Ezekiel 34: 11 — 16 They Shall Have A True Shepherd
This is what the Lord God says: I mean to go looking for this flock of mine,
In the parables our Lord told depicting Himself as the Good Shepherd — the True Shepherd, He draws on all the Old Testament accounts of the love and protection shown by the “Shepherd of Israel“. When Jesus reached the time to declare Himself to be this great shepherd, even the most intuitive person, possessing gifts of profound insight would be straining to catch the whole scope of our Saviour’s precious disclosure. In drawing from the prophecy of Ezekiel, our Lord proclaims that He Himself is:—
• “their own country”;
• “pasture on the hillsides of Israel”;
• “the resting-places”;
• “the high mountains of Israel”;
• “soft grass for them”;
• “rich feed for them”;
• the “true Shepherd”.
All of these they are now to seek in Him, and nowhere else. The former shadows are passing away and that to which they pointed towards, is now in their presence. These things Jesus says, “I AM“.