Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Do you have an influence over another person or group of people? Are you a parent, grandparent, teacher, or maybe a supervisor at work? If so, then Ezekial 34 is for you.
God is prophecing against the shepherds of Israel, but He is also speaking to anyone who has influence over others. Note that the shepherds of Israel were selfish. Note that the Lord clearly states what their purpose as shepherds should be. They should strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the injured, look for the lost. Now that sounds pretty difficult so let's break it down.

1. Strengthen the Weak - to encourage the fainthearted.
2. Heal the Sick - to care for the sick like a nurse.
3. Bind up the injured - to treat one's wound like a mother caring for her child.
4. Look for the Lost - to find those alone and bring them into the fold.

Look around you. Does anyone need to be strengthen, or treated, or bound up, or find? Your assignment as a shepherd (one of influence over others) is to follow the pattern laid out in Ezekiel.

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