YAHWEH’s Message to Pastors Today

March 7, 2024

Ezekiel 34 in the Charles Thomson English Version of the Greek Septuagint (1808):

AGAIN a word of the LORD came to me (Ezekiel), saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy and say to the shepherds, Thus saith the Lord, Lord, O Shepherds of Israel!  Do shepherds feed themselves? Do not the shepherds feed their flocks?  Behold you devour the milk and clothe yourselves with the fleeces, and that which is fat you slaughter; but My flock you do NOT feed. You have not strengthened the weak, nor cured the diseased.  That which was bruised you have not bound up, nor brought back that which was going astray; nor have you searched for that which was lost: but you have wearied out the strong with toil, so that My flock is dispersed for want of shepherds, and is become a prey to all the wild beasts of the field.  On every mountain and on every high hill My sheep are scattered, and dispersed over the face of the earth; and there is NONE who seeketh or bringeth them back.

Therefore, O shepherds, hear a word of the Lord!  As I live, saith the Lord, Because My flock is become a prey, and My sheep are become meat for all the wild beasts of the field, beyond what they would be were there no shepherds; and the shepherds have NOT looked out for My sheep, and the shepherds have fed themselves and have NOT tended My sheep; Therefore, O shepherds, thus saith the LORD God: Behold I am against the shepherds; and I will exact My sheep out of their hands, and discharge them from feeding My sheep: and these shepherds shall no longer feed them.  I will rescue My sheep out of their mouth, that they may NO longer be food for them.

For thus saith the Lord God:  Lo! I Myself will seek My sheep and watch over them.  As a shepherd searcheth for his flock when mist and murky air overspread his scattered sheep: so will I diligently seek My sheep, and bring them from every place, where they have been dispersed in the day of mist and murky darkness.  And I will lead them out from among the nations, and gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land, and feed them on the mountains of Israel, and in the vales and in all the habitable part of the land.  I will feed them in good pasture.  On the lofty mountain of Israel shall be their folds; there they shall lie down and rest there in luxurious ease, and be fed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I Myself will feed My sheep and I Myself will give them repose, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD God:  I will seek the lost, and bring back the stray, and bind up the bruised and strengthen the weak; and I will watch the strong, and feed them with judgment.  And as for you sheep, thus saith the LORD God: Behold I will judge between sheep and sheep; rams and he goats.  Was it not enough for you, that you fed in a rich pasture, but you must tread down the leavings of your pasture with your feet?  Or that you have drunk of the standing water, but you must trouble the residue with your feet?  So that My sheep fed on the tramplings of your feet, and drank the water which your feet had muddied.

Therefore thus saith the LORD God:  Behold I will judge between the strong sheep and the weak.  You have pushed with your sides and your shoulders, and have butted with your horns and bruised all the weak: but I will save My sheep and they shall no more be for a prey; and I will judge between ram and ram.  And I will set up over them one shepherd who shall feed them, even My servant David, who shall be their shepherd: and I the LORD will be their God; and David shall be chief among them.  I the LORD have spoken; and with this David I will make a covenant of peace and remove the wild beasts entirely out of the land; so that they [the flock] may dwell in the desert and sleep in the woods.  And I will place them around My mountain, and give them the rain – the rain of blessings; and the trees of the plain shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase; and they shall dwell in their land securely and know that I am the Lord, when I have broken their yoke.

And I will rescue them out of the hand of them who enslaved them, and they shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the wild beasts of the earth any more devour them, so they shall dwell secure and none shall make them afraid.  I will indeed raise up for them a plant of peace, and they shall no more be consumed with famine in the land; nor shall they any more bear the revile of nations; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God, and they are My people.  O house of Israel, saith the LORD, you are My sheep, even the sheep of My flock, and I, the LORD, am your God, saith the LORD God.

Today’s “pastors/shepherds” had better be mindful of what YAHWEH says…