Promises From The Shepherd King

Sep 15, 2014

It's almost impossible to miss the crazy political and social news around the world these days.   Rumor of military conflict is almost routine, and religious upheaval is in the headlines.   In the USA, the fires of racial tension have been freshly fanned into flame, and man's brutality toward his fellow man abounds.  This morning, after catching up on the latest news, I also got caught up in the promise of God.  I'm just guessing this reminder from Scripture may be helpful to others as well!

“And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.  And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them.  I am the LORD; I have spoken.”  (Ezekiel 34:23-24, ESV) 

God promises us that He Himself will establish a shepherd over His people who will be prince among us.  As the story of the gospel unfolds, we find out that Jesus is this shepherd who reigns forever on the throne of David, and that he is our Prince of Peace, our shepherd-king.  Jesus fulfills three distinct promises of the Father given here through the prophet Ezekiel.  Each of these promises is true for every follower of Jesus in even the craziest days of history. 

  1. Jesus feeds His people.  While fear, anxiety, and bitterness are served up in large portions in the culture around us, Jesus sees to it that we have better nourishment.  His gospel is like a table prepared for us in the middle of the chaos!  What a joy it is to feed on the absolute surety of God's word to us!  What a strength it is to feed our souls with His prophetic promise!  Every hungry heart can be satisfied through the relationship we have with Jesus.
  2. Jesus shepherds His people.  He guards us, guides us, and governs our daily lives, protecting us from the enemy of our souls.  He always knows the right way forward!  He has secured our future, and as we make our plans for life He is guiding our steps, re-directing us if we should stray to the right or to the left.  Is there still cultural confusion?  Sure there is, but our Shepherd leads clearly through it all.
  3. Jesus lives among His people.  He is not reigning from afar, but is present with us.  Our King is committed to being with us, being involved in our lives, and enjoying the companionship of His people.  We are a people gathered to the presence of the Living God, not just to a religious idea or theory.

 What excellent promises from an excellent King!  As a people carrying the prophetic promise of God Himself, we will shine brightly in the middle of the events of our day.  When others see our confidence, peace, and joy that come from knowing Jesus, they may just ask the reason for our culture-defying lives!