Jesus Christ and the Shepherd of Israel
“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man prophecy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the LORD GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not the shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones , but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.” – Ezekiel 34: 1-4
“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. – John 10: 4-6
We learn in the Old Testament that Jesus Christ is mentioned multiple times through the prophets. We as believers know that there is a time that GOD would send His redemeer to save the world from sin and give eternal life to those in Israel and the world. While there are still individuals who disbelief the Scriptures, GOD tells us in both testaments that Jesus would be the savior of the world.
Ezekiel 34 tells us of a Shepherd who would be able to lead the sheep into peace and green pastures as a reminder of His promises. We are able to learn that in Psalm 23 we are reminded that GOD is a Shepherd that guides His sheep to peace and salvation. We learn that Ezekiel 34, Jesus Christ is seen in the future Redeemer of the world. We learn that during that time, the people that needed guidance were not helped through the shepherds of the time. When Jesus Christ arrives, we are able to see that Jesus strengthens the weak, cures the wounded and sick and teaches repentance to the lost and strayed, and does not use harshness to rule them.
We are able to see that Jesus Christ was able to do all of the things that the other shepherds we’re not doing. We see the promises of GOD in the name of Jesus Christ and in the salvation that Jesus Christ provides to those who have belief in His name. We can continue to keep our belief in Jesus Christ knowing that GOD has sent His savior to the world and has resurrected Jesus Christ who is now sitting on the right hand side of GOD the Father and is awaiting to return in all glory, majesty, and splendor.