Can our shepherds, servants and/or bishops hear?

Posted: Aug 20, 2008 in Meditation & Devotion, Spiritual Transformation, Theology

The Word of the Lord from Ezekiel 34.1-11.

The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? 3 You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. 4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. 6 My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.

“‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, 9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.

“‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.

Blessed be the Word of the Lord.

In this democratically charged age, I wonder if we as Servants (Leaders) can see ourselves in this light. I wonder if we are really willing to deal with the hard questions about our roles and to truly see ourselves shepherds, servants, even to the removal of our Leadership title. Can we serve and die for the wayward soul? Can we serve and die for the disgruntle follower of Christ? Can we leave the fold to go after the one who continually gets lost in the darkness and distrusts that our fields are the greenest to be had? I do not propose a swinging of the pendulum and really I do not even suggest anything, except to propose questions, Are we ever hearing or can we not hear anything from our high places? Are we seeing or are we blind guides unable to see the flock from our mountain? Can we shepherds follow the great Shepherd or have we lost our Guide on the journey to the kingdom of God? My hope is that we are ever hearing, ever seeing, ever longing to be transformed into the fullness of the Great Shepherd who is our head. May Ezekiel challenge you as he has challenged me.


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