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Judging All the Sheep Because of the Bad Ones

John Collins05/08/2012
In Ezekiel 34, the Word of the Lord came down, one that we often forget.

The Lord compared us to sheep, and said that He would search for His sheep and seek them out.  Like a shepherd with a scattered herd of sheep wandering in thick clouds and darkness, God will seek us out and rescue us.

He spoke about Israel, how he would gather the peoples from the countries and bring them into their own land.  He will feed them there with good pasture on the mountain heights.

God said, "I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down.  I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed.  I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.  The fat and the strong will I destroy; I will feed them with justice."

God said that he would gather his flock together, and judge all, between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats.  Some that had been given good pasture with clear water had muddied the rest of the water.  Some had trodden down the rest of the pasture.

Because of this, God would judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.  Those that thrust at the weak with their horns until they were scattered abroad, God would rescue so that they were no longer a prey.  He would set one shepherd over them, His servant David.  David would feed them and be their shepherd.  "And I," God said, "the Lord will be their God, and my servant David shall be the prince among them.  I am the Lord; I have spoken."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  As the sheep are still scattered, do we try to help them back into the fold, or do we push them further away with our 'horns?'  While we wander in thick clouds and darkness, do we look for our Shepherd, or do we follow the leading of one of the 'fat sheep?'  Do we raise up another sheep and fatten him, or do we search only for the Shepherd?  Do we follow those that muddied the waters with their own doctrines or those that have trodden down the rest of the pasture?  Do we not realize that it is because of those 'fat sheep' God must judge both the fat and the lean, to see which hold onto the doctrines that are from man?  Who is your shepherd, God or man?