God placed high respectability, and great responsibility, on the shepherds of His people. Shepherds were not intended to feather their own nest, so to speak, but rather to look after, and care for, the sheep that they had been given.
It is the same today; God gives shepherds a place of honor in caring for the people of God. It can be easy to misuse and abuse that position. For those God has given me the privilege of caring for, I want to be wise and caring, and give them the attention that they need.
Lord, it is an interesting thing You have set up. You call us, your people, "sheep" and those who are to care for us "shepherds". How many different ways you could have done it! Help me to be a caring shepherd of the people (sheep) You have put in my sphere of influence. I love You. AMEN
Lord God, You alone are the one Who does miracles. I will praise Your glorious name forever. I love You and Your ways. Psalm 72
Who Will Be a Shepherd?
1 The LORD spoke his word to me, saying: 2 “Human, prophesy against the leaders of Israel, who are like shepherds. Prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord GOD says: How terrible it will be for the shepherds of Israel who feed only themselves! Why don’t the shepherds feed the flock? 3 You eat the milk curds, and you clothe yourselves with the wool. You kill the fat sheep, but you do not feed the flock. 4 You have not made the weak strong. You have not healed the sick or put bandages on those that were hurt. You have not brought back those who strayed away or searched for the lost. But you have ruled the sheep with cruel force. 5 The sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for every wild animal. 6 My flock wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered all over the face of the earth, and no one searched or looked for them. 7 “ ‘So, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Lord GOD says: 8 As surely as I live, my flock has been caught and eaten by all the wild animals, because the flock has no shepherd. The shepherds did not search for my flock. No, they fed themselves instead of my flock. 9 So, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD. 10 This is what the Lord GOD says: I am against the shepherds. I will blame them for what has happened to my sheep and will not let them tend the flock anymore. Then the shepherds will stop feeding themselves, and I will take my flock from their mouths so they will no longer be their food. (Ezekiel 34:1-10 NCV)
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