Ezekiel 6 – Ezek. 34

Next Tuesday we are reading through Ezekiel 34.  This chapter of Ezekiel forms the basis of Jesus’s Good Shepherd discourse in John 10, the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15, and the Separation of the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25.  In reading through Ezekiel 34 this week, pay special attention to the role of the shepherd, how the present leaders of the exilic community of Ezekiel’s day failed to adequately perform these roles, and what is God’s promise as a result. Then read through John 10:1-18, Luke 15:1-7, and Matthew 25:31-46 and see how Jesus applies this prophecy of Ezekiel to himself. I have attached the Holman commentary for your review. Origen’s sermon on this chapter is apparently unpublished.

I look forward to seeing everyone back with us after the ice storm last week. Dinner is at 6. The menu is beef stew. Hope to see you here.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
   For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
   You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
   All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, Forever

Psalm 23

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