King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: September 07, 2019
Chapters: Ezekiel 34-36
Message: Shepherd’s Leading Sheep Astray
Hello My Friend,
There are people that tell me that I am not to be preaching the Bible as I am a woman and do not have authority as the Bible says. There are people that call me a hypocrite, bigot, racist, and dare I say it, a white supremacist. Yes, because I teach the truth from the Bible, I am a hater of anyone who basically disagrees with my faith in Christ. Let me tell you, Jesus said this would happen because we belong to Him, and since they see Him as a hater, they see us as one as well. Nevertheless, I am not here to make friends with the world, and if the Church did their job then God would not have to use me to teach His Word to all, not just women and children as it ought to be. And by the way, the Bible says women are not to be in authority over men in a church it never says that we are not allowed to teach it unless it is a strange doctrine (I Corinthians 14:26-35). “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” – Titus 2:1-5.
“that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Blaspheme; To speak reproachfully of God, or the Holy Spirit. To speak evil of; to utter abuse or calumny against. There are many preachers out there blaspheming the Word of God by their faded out version of what they call the Bible. Preachers are know by God as shepherds of His sheep, and there has been a steady decline of shepherds leading Christ’s sheep through the true Word of God. Instead, leaving them scattered all over, making unwise decisions while they are enjoying prosperity, feeding off their wealth from all this. Through Ezekiel, God gives judgment to shepherds leading His sheep astray.
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.” – Ezekiel 34:2-3,6-10.
“neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more;” God’s shepherds have a duty to feed His sheep, God uses them to be leaders in His Church to care for them, minster to them, and provide them with the spiritual medicine they need to heal them from their sin, which is the Gospel, and living by it. “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” – John 21:17-18.
“and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” You see, it is very important that preachers are being the shepherds that Jesus has called them to be to look after His sheep, they are the ones who bring up new sheep to take over when he goes home to be with the Lord. Sadly, this is exactly why the Church is a mess, and filled with sin and faded out versions of the truth. God will expose every shepherd who reaps the money, power, and fame of being a shepherd, yet refuses to feed His sheep. Through Ezekiel, God what their judgment will be, and reveals an amazing prophesy.
“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 34:12-13,16,23-24,27,30.
“and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.” We truly have only one Shepherd, and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. It seems like not a day goes by that we are not hearing of a minister or preacher getting exposed for their sin. You know, we are all sinners, we have all done things that we are not proud of, and will be accountable for them, while we are here, whether we choose to believe it is sin or not. However, God’s people are His people, and He will deal with each and every one of us as He sees fit. Mt. Seir, which is Edom, descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother to be exact, boasted over Israel’s fall and vowed to take the land for themselves. God addresses Edom, and tells of the judgment they will no receive along with the reason why.
“Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword. I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee. And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.” – Ezekiel 35:7-12.
“whereas the LORD was there:” Mount Seir, was Esau’s heritage, and the reason for God’s judgment upon them, was his hatred to Israel. It is out of pure envy that Easu hated his brother, as did his descendants, and it is out of pure envy that the world hates Christ as well as His people. Until Christ returns, and the new earth is here, there will always be a hatred between God’s people and those who despise them because, simple put, they want what we have, period. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.” – John 15:18-21,26-27.
“But when the Comforter is come,” And interestingly, God also reveals the very same thing through Ezekiel. You see, God may place judgment upon His people, but it is not permanent, we are not punished until the day we die, unless we have really done something that the only option to save us from our sin is to take us home. And He will come after all who bring added suffering and oppression to His people. Through Ezekiel, God explains why He protects His own, even though we do not deserve it, and reveals a time when He will put His Spirit into them permanently.
“And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.” – Ezekiel 36:20,22-23,26-27,31,33,37.
“These are the people of the LORD,” Unraveled Christians, those just hanging on by the thread of their salvation, go about the world proclaiming Christ, and yet live more wicked than the world. And they wonder why no one believes that Christ can save them? It occurred to me the other day as I was driving home listening to the radio as they were talking about people mocking those of faith, and I thought that even if none of it were true, that once you die it is over and there is no life after this, I would still rather die in what Christ has made me to be in my faith than in a world that hates all things moral, honest, and good. I know I have done things that I am not proud of, but even at my worst I never would treat people the way I have been treated, whether it was being bullied for my weight, race, or innocence or my faith. The Holy Spirit is the soul and heart of every person who received Christ as their Saviour, and He is our witness that our faith will carry us, as in the words of Buzz Lightyear, “To infinity and beyond!” “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” – I John 5:9-10. Amen, and Amen, and Amen!
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.” – Ezekiel 34:24.
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, Thank You for taking my place on the cross. It is because of Your death, burial, and resurrection that we have hope of our own future resurrection, when our bodies will be stripped of the faded and unraveled clothes of this mortal life, and clothed in immorality. We will no longer be acquainted with sickness, sorrow, pain, or sin. The temptation to sin will not even exist in our future life and our adversary, the devil, will bother us no more. Praise God! What anticipation this builds when we see You face to face in our glorified, eternal bodies. Lord, Keep us faithful and looking unto You until the day You return. It’s comforting to know that You have our back, even when we mess up. In Your name, Jesus, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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