Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 33-34; 1 Peter 5
Supplimental Commentary: Acts of the Apostles pgs 526 - 528
God's Character of Love
In Ezekiel 33-34 He does not delight in the destruction of the wicked but wants us to turn from our evil ways and live. He is fair in His judgment. He is the true Shepherd who seeks to the lost sheep, cares for His flock and establishes faithful undershepherds to care for His flock. He delivers us, His flock, and causes us to dwell safely so we shall not be afraid. In 1 Peter 5 He is the Chief Shepherd of the flock, His people. He gives grace to the humble. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.
Jesus & Him Crucified
In Ezekiel 33-34 God says that He will send a Davidic Messianic Person to Shepherd His people. This Shepherd is Jesus. Jesus says in John 10:11 that He, Himself, is the Good Shepherd. In 1 Peter 5 Jesus the Chief Shepherd who suffered for us and cares for us.
Verse(s) that speak to me today
1 Peter 5:2,3,6,7
"Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will recieve the crown of glory that fades not away."
""Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
The Holy Spirit says to me today
Faithfully pastor the people as an undershepherd; willingly and eagerly giving them an example and I will reward you when I come. Humble yourself and I will exalt you. Bring your cares to Me, for I care for you.