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Do you have your Bible?. Let’s all stand for the reading of God’s Word. Mark 6:31-34. Shepherds must Shepherd God’s Sheep Well Part 1. Mark 6:34; Ezekiel 34:1-10. Mark 6:34.

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do you have your bible

Do you have your Bible?

Let’s all stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Mark 6:31-34

mark 6 34
Mark 6:34
  • And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd[G4166]
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A shepherd in the near East was responsible for watching out for enemies trying to attack the sheep

  • Defending the sheep from attackers
  • Healing the wounded and sick sheep
  • Finding and saving lost or trapped sheep
  • Loving them and Sharing their lives to earn their trust
ephesians 4 11
Ephesians 4:11

This gifting was prophesied in Jeremiah 3:15

  • And he [the Shepherd] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [G4166] and teachers;
ot prophecy
OT Prophecy

Jeremiah 3:15

  • And I will give you pastorsaccording to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
g4165
G4165

Feed 7x

  • Poimaino is the verb of G4166
defining shepherd
Defining Shepherd

Noun

1 : one who tends sheep

2 : pastor

Transitive Verb

1 : to tend as a shepherd

2 : to guide or guard in the manner of a shepherd

the shepherd motif
The Shepherd Motif
  • Many OT references
  • Psalm 23
  • Isaiah 44:28
  • Ezekiel 34
  • John 10
  • 1 Peter 2 & 5
  • Hebrews 13
mark 6 341

Let’s Look @ Ezekiel 34

Mark 6:34
  • And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd
two week game plan
Two Week Game Plan

Examine the prophecy in Ezekiel 34

Look for as many NT parallels as possible to prove unity

Draw application into the church and the 21st Century

ezekiel 34 1 2
Ezekiel 34:1-2
  • And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them,
over 80x

Over 80x

Jesus identifies Himself as the “Son of Man” in the Gospels

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Ezekiel 34:1-2

Israel’s Leaders

34x

  • And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe
matthew 23 23
Matthew 23:23
  • Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
  • for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:
notice

Notice

The same man who has compassion on the people issues 34 “Woe unto you” statements of Judgment

between ezekiel 34 1 and the woes from the son of man 600 years had elapsed and nothing had changed

Between Ezekiel 34.1 and the “woes” from the Son of Man 600 years had elapsed and nothing had changed.

ezekiel 34 1 22
Ezekiel 34:1-2
  • Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves!
  • should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
let s look @

Let’s Look @

Paul’s Use of “feed” in Acts 20

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Acts 20:17

Departing Words from Paul

  • And from Miletus he [Paul] sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
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Acts 20:28

To the elders at Ephesus

  • Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
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Ezekiel 34:3

  • Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed:
question

Question

If God does not change, and He does not, “What would He say about today’s ‘pastors’?”

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Mark 6:34

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Ezekiel 34:3

  • Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed:
  • but ye feed not the flock.
acts 20 27

Acts 20:27

[Paul said] “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

primary application jesus taught them

Primary ApplicationJesus Taught Them

Secondary Application

Jesus Fed them Bread

look @ what

Look @ What

Jesus told Peter after the confrontation concerning his denial of the Lord

john 21 17
John 21:17
  • He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed [shepherd] my sheep.
ezekiel 34 4a
Ezekiel 34:4a
  • The diseased have ye not strengthened,
  • neither have ye healed that which was sick,
  • neither have ye bound up that which was broken,
  • neither have ye brought again that which was driven away,
  • neither have ye sought that which was lost;
ezekiel 34 4b
Ezekiel 34:4b

Jesus commands a completely different leadership style for the Apostles—and by extension all future shepherds.

  • but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
matthew 20 26 27
Matthew 20:26-27
  • But it shall not be so among you:
  • butwhosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
  • Andwhosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
ezekiel 34 5
Ezekiel 34:5

Paul said: Grievous Wolves

  • And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
acts 20 29
Acts 20:29

To the elders at Ephesus

  • For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
ezekiel 34 6
Ezekiel 34:6

So God Does It!

  • My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
luke 19 10

Luke 19:10

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Let’s look @ Luke 15:4-7

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What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

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Luke 15:7
  • I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
question1

Question

What other religion has its God seeking out sheep for salvation?

ezekiel 34 7 8
Ezekiel 34:7-8
  • Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
  • As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
the shepherds failure

The Shepherds’ Failure

Results in Divine Judgment

(v. 9-10)

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Ezekiel 34:9–10
  • Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
the national religious leaders are judged

The National Religious Leaders Are Judged

God starts over with 12 Apostles and the Church

question2

Question

With such harsh judgment toward the shepherds—one may wonder: “What about the sheep?”

conclusion

Conclusion

Hebrews 13:7 & 17

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Remember them which have the rule over you,

  • who have spoken unto you the word of God:
  • whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
slide51

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:

  • for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
  • that they may do it with joy, and not with grief:
  • for that is unprofitable for you.
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