Wow. The Old Testament is long. And the end is depressing. The depravity of our flesh is disturbing.
From chapter 34, shepherds should:
- feed their sheep
- take care of the weak
- tend the sick, bind up broken wounds
- protect the flock
- go out searching for the lost and wandering
- give them clean water to drink.
God will hold the shepherds responsible for what happens to the flock.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Heavenly Father, please help me be a good shepherd, helping people know the Good Shepherd. Lord, please help me be intentional and consistent in shepherding. I love you, Lord, and I want to help care for your children. I ask in the name of Jesus.