A New Shepherd

(Ezekiel 34:23-31 Dr. Baines, Jr. 12/2019)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is God has a new shepherd and many blessings for His people after their season of being punished. This discussion centers around how, “we will be challenged to trust the blessed plans that God has for us as well as work on our sins, so we don’t have to be punished."

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Summary Highlights: Ezekiel declares that God will place a shepherd over His people. The Shepherd will be similar to David and take care of them. The Lord will be with His people also. There are a number of great promises made. A covenant is to be made that commits God to supplying land, food, and safety.

God will also stop the scornful reputation of His people among other nations. When the things of the text are complete, the people will know their relationship with God. They will know that God is their God. And they will know that they are His people.

Key Points:
1. God’s plans. Notice in vs. 23 that even as God punishes His people because of their sins, He is also planning for their blessed future and restoration. God is such a loving God......Let’s obey God like we trust His plan.

2. God’s use of people. Notice in vss. 23-24 that God will use human agents in His plan. ….. Let’s trust God’s use of people.

3. Turning things around. .....Let’s live as if we believe that God is still in the miracle making business.

4. Our enemies don’t have the last word about us. Notice in vs. 29 that God, not our enemies, have the last word......Let’s live as if we believe that God has the last word. 

5. God’s love. Notice in vs. 30 that just as God loved the Jews in our text, God loves believers through Christ. Let’s live as if believe that God really loves us.

6. Skipping over the “sin and punishment” part. Notice in vss. 23-32 that the people of our text were to know that God was their God and that they were God’s people, after so much drama. …..Let’s just obey God and be blessed, instead of waiting until after we have been punished to obey. 

What is one thing you will take from this material and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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