The Good Shepherd
11 For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for
my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their
flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek
out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which
they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.
13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from
the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I
will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses,
and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14 I will feed them
with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be
their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land,
and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make
them lie down, says the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek the lost, and
I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured,
and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will
destroy. I will feed them with justice.
Culling the Herd
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Ezekiel proclaims God as the one true shepherd who will seek
out God's sheep, restore the weak, find the lost, heal the injured
and provide them rest. I'm guessing that the fat and strong sheep
are those that did evil to the others either directly or indirectly,
or continued to disobey God. Other places that mention the Lord
as shepherd include Psalm 23, Isaiah 40:11, and John 10:1-18.
Sheep generally get good PR in the Bible.
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