Ezekiel 34* The rulers reproved. (1-6) The people are to be restored totheir own land. (7-16) The kingdom of Christ. (17-31)1-6 The people became as sheep without a shepherd, were givenup as a prey to their enemies, and the land was utterlydesolated. No rank or office can exempt from the reproofs ofGod's word, men who neglect their duty, and abuse the trustreposed in them. 7-16 The Lord declared that he intended mercy towards thescattered flock. Doubtless this, in the first place, hadreference to the restoration of the Jews. It also representedthe good Shepherd's tender care of the souls of his people. Hefinds them in their days of darkness and ignorance, and bringsthem to his fold. He comes to their relief in times ofpersecution and temptation. He leads them in the ways ofrighteousness, and causes them to rest on his love andfaithfulness. The proud and self-sufficient, are enemies of thetrue gospel and of believers; against such we must guard. He hasrest for disquieted saints, and terror for presumptuous sinners. 17-31 The whole nation seemed to be the Lord's flock, yet theywere very different characters; but he knew how to distinguishbetween them. By good pastures and deep waters, are meant thepure word of God and the dispensing of justice. The latterverses, #23-31|, prophesy of Christ, and of the most glorioustimes of his church on earth. Under Him, as the good Shepherd,the church would be a blessing to all around. Christ, thoughexcellent in himself, was as a tender plant out of a dry ground.Being the Tree of life, bearing all the fruits of salvation, heyields spiritual food to the souls of his people. Our constantdesire and prayer should be, that there may be showers ofblessings in every place where the truth of Christ is preached;and that all who profess the gospel may be filled with fruits ofrighteousness.
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