Scripture: Ezekiel 34:
23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the LORD have spoken.
Observation: Rulers, Leaders, and Pastors sometimes fail to lead in love, but rather seek to bring forth their own agendas and desires.
Application: Ezekiel 34 is a prophecy against the shepherds of the flock of Israel. They had become corrupted by their own selfishness and pride and were no longer leading with the greater good of Israel in mind but instead sought after their own comfort and positions of power. These verses above foretell a coming leader from the line of David who would be the one shepherd who would lead the people in truth and love. Of course we know that this one shepherd is Jesus Christ who came to sacrifice himself for us, the sheep.
The word shepherd as it is used in this chapter is most likely referring to the religious leaders within the nation of Israel. If we were to compare it to our society in the Christian church today we might say “pastors” instead of “shepherds.” Sometimes people get their eyes set on a pastor or a person and the focus, however unintentional at first, is taken off the Creator and placed on the creation.
A Church can not, and should not be built around the charisma or appeal of a pastor. These kind of churches are destined to fail, and they should fail because the focus of our faith should never be on a person, our focus should be centered on God. If a pastor fails to point to the love, mercy, grace and power of Almighty God, they are not shepherding the flock as they should. The finger that points toward the sun, is not the sun. A pastor that points toward Christ, is not Christ and they should know that themselves, and make it known.
Please keep me always pointing toward You! Help me to be a guidepost that shows the way to Your mercy and grace through Your Son Jesus Christ.