Gems 2015 — November 30 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 33-34

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 30 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 33-34

Food for Thought: Ez. 34:1-31

Israel couldn’t ask for a better Shepherd! Jesus says in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” Not only has He given His life for His sheep, but He has provided every need abundantly, and has not, nor ever will, abuse His sheep for personal gain as the evil shepherds did whose abuse and neglect caused the sheep to scatter and suffer. In contrast to them, Jesus seeks and saves the lost sheep (Luke 19:10) and breaks off the bands of their yokes from them.

The Lord promises to lavishly feed His sheep in a good pasture and cause them to lie down, to REST, no longer needing to struggle to survive. He anoints their heads with oil, and the ones that have been wounded or sick, He promises to heal and restore. Not only that, but as the Good Shepherd, He protects His sheep from vicious beasts, so His sheep have no need to fear any evil ever again, even when danger is right there in front of them. Just the sight of His rod and staff are enough to bring confidence and calm. With the Shepherd leading, goodness and mercy follow His sheep, and they are showered with blessings all the days of their lives.

As His sheep, Israel has a great future ahead. And the beautiful thing is, even now we as believers that are of another fold (from the Gentiles) are drawn into the same fold and have the same Shepherd as they and enjoy all the privileges given it (See John 10:15-16.). “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:11c.)” We couldn’t ask for a better Shepherd, either.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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