by Jesse Hendley

God, The Great Shepherd
Jesse M. Hendley
Ezekiel 34:12-16

Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Ezekiel, chapter 34. We are studying a wonderful statement, and that is, "God, the Shepherd of His People."

You know, in Psalm 23 David said, "The Lord is my Shepherd." We have known that Psalm for many years, but do we actually know what God teaches about God being the SHEPHERD of His people? Do we actually know? That's our study today, and I hope it will be a blessing to your heart. I am going to give you a sketch of what God has given to me and I hope it will be a blessing to you.

First of all, we want to remind you that God is the Shepherd of His people, ISRAEL. That is Ezekiel, chapter 34, verses 12 through 16.

The next point in our outline is that Christ is the Shepherd of the Church, His people today and down through the days of the Christian Church since the coming of our blessed Lord. He is the Shepherd of His people today. John 10.

Then the third thing we want to consider is the CHARACTERISTICS of Christ's sheep, as found in John 10.

Maybe we'll learn a little better about what David MEANS when he says, "The LORD is my SHEPHERD."

Now in verse 12 of Ezekiel 34, God says, "I will seek out My sheep." That means, "I will seek till I find My sheep." Now He is speaking of the Nation of Israel. He says here in chapter 34, verse 1, "And the Word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel." He means the LEADERS of the flock who have failed to look after His people spiritually in the captivity in Babylonia, Chaldea. Remember that Ezekiel is PROPHESYING by the river Chebar in Chaldea. He had been taken captive from the Holy Land, together with kings and nobles and princes and priests. Ezekiel was of a priestly family. God CALLED him (after five years of dwelling there in the captivity) to the office of a PROPHET, and Ezekiel gave his prophecies for twenty-two years. We ha ...

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