Week 46 Day 6
Friday (Ezekiel 33 – 34)
Ezekiel was warned to deliver the Lord’s message accurately and quickly or else the one who failed, due to lack of warning, would cause him consequences as well.
The spiritual shepherds of the people were judged as failures and thieves for abandoning the people to the world without teaching them and for selfishly taking resources while watching the people fall.
Each individual was placed on notice that God would judge them on their own merits as to their choices and their deeds.
Ezekiel was given the promise that the Lord would be the good shepherd Who gathered the faithful to a safe place, and then would give them a shepherd like the symbolic David (in his faithful persona).
God compared the religious leaders to a good shepherd and found them careless and selfish – so He promised to be a good shepherd to His people in their place.
Note the similarities to Jesus’ critique of the religious leaders and to the description of Jesus (God).
When have you observed a neglectful spiritual leader, or a faithful leader whom people enjoyed hearing but they treated time with him merely as a good-luck ritual – and ignored his teaching?
Dear Lord, You challenged Ezekiel to be bold, and You punished the spiritual shepherds for their failure to deal honestly and to teach the people – and each individual – to anticipate consequences for their own choices. May I be honorable as a leader, careful whom I follow, and faithful before You. Please reveal to me a troubled fellowship, or a troubled gathering of Believers, for whom You want me to pray. I agree to pray in earnest for a careless shepherd who is merely entertaining or ‘warehousing’ those who are trusting him for spiritual leadership, or for a congregation with a faithful teacher whose presence they seek as a celebrity but whose words from the Lord they ignore. Amen. dmc2016