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Friday, November 27 2015
Ezekiel 34: The Shepherds Of Israel
"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?"
Sheep and goats were known to the people of Israel in their daily lives - and in the prophetic observances of the coming Kingdom of God. Two goats were used for the observance of the Day of Atonement - one portraying the Messiah, the other portraying Satan (Leviticus 16:7-10; see Putting Away Satan's Goat). The Passover lamb was to be taken from the sheep or the goats (Exodus 12:5; see The First Passover). The "trumpet" of the Feast of Trumpets, that prophesies the return of the Messiah, was made from a ram's horn (see The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation).
Shepherds too, were used as analogies of the servants of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) who served "the flock." Israel and Judah knew many "good shepherds" e.g. Moses, David, Ezra, Nehemiah - and Jesus Christ (John 10:1-18).
As Israel and Judah learned the hard way, shepherds can also be, or become, misleaders who serve only themselves (see the Fact Finder question below).
"34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 34:2 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? 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. 34:6 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.
Fact Finder: What does "hireling shepherd" mean?
This Day In History, November 27
25: Emperor Guangwu of Han proclaimed Luoyang to be the capital of the China's Eastern Han Dynasty.
176: Emperor Marcus Aurelius promoted his son Commodus to the rank of Imperator ("empire maker) and made him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions (see Legions Of Men And Angels).
511: Clovis, founder of the Frankish monarchy, died at age 45. His European kingdom was then divided among his four sons (large areas of both France and Germany were settled or conquered by tribes of the Franks).
1095: At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II called for the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Its goals were to defend the Eastern Roman Empire from the Seljuk Turks and to open Jerusalem to "Christian" pilgrims.
1295: The first elected representatives of Lancashire were summoned to Westminster by King Edward I to attend The Model Parliament. It was Edward I who removed the famous Stone of Scone from Scotland to England where it was used as the "Coronation Stone" for all new British monarchs. It was returned to Scotland after 700 years in Britain.
1382: The French nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, defeated Flemish rebels in Flanders.
1701: Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale and the Celsius thermometer, was born in Sweden.
1868: In a "punitive" raid ordered by General Philip Sheridan for attacks committed by other warriors in the area who were still trying to defend their native homelands, George Custer's 7th Cavalry slaughtered elderly Chief Black Kettle (who had already signed a peace treaty with "the white devils," as he called them), his wife (both Black Kettle and his wife were shot in the back) and about 100 Cheyenne (mostly women and children who couldn't outrun soldiers on horseback) in their winter encampment on the Washita River.
1895: Swedish inventor (e.g. of dynamite) and industrialist (e.g. manufacturing cannons and other war supplies) Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prizes, including, ironically, the Nobel Peace Prize (considering how the originator of the prize made his fortune, and many of the war-making recipients of the "peace" prize ever since, some historians suggest that it should have been called the Nobel Hypocrite Prize).
1936: Prime Minister Anthony Eden warned Hitler that Britain would fight to protect Belgium.
1940: In Romania, the pro-Nazi Iron Guard slaughtered over 60 aides of the exiled king, including former prime minister Nicolae Jorga.
1942: The French navy at Toulon scuttled its own ships and submarines to prevent their capture by conquering German forces.
1967: French President Charles DeGaulle vetoed Britain's entry into the European Common Market.
1975: Ross McWhirter, co-editor and compiler of the Guiness Book of World Records, was shot dead in his home by "Irish Republican Army" gunmen.
1990: Britain's Conservative Party chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as party leader and prime minister.
2006: The Canadian House of Commons endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Quebec "a nation within a unified Canada."