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The Baaaaad Shepherds

Ezekiel 34:1-16 / 1 Peter 5:1-5

Horton Road Church of Christ
March 28, 2010
Bad shepherds
at their
flock's expense
Bad shepherds use leadership
to benefit themselves

“Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only

take care of yourselves! ... You do not take
care of the flock.”
(Ezekiel 34:2-3)
Bad shepherds neglect the
health and safety of the flock

“You have not strengthened the weak or healed

the sick or bound up the injured. You have not
brought back the strays or searched for the lost.
You have ruled them harshly and brutally.”
(Ezekiel 34:4)
Bad shepherds oversee the
scattering of the sheep

“So they were scattered because there was no

shepherd.... They were scattered over the whole
earth, and no one searched or looked for them.”
(Ezekiel 34:5-6)
God is the good and true shepherd
God is against and will remove
bad shepherds

“I am against the shepherds and will hold them

accountable for my flock. I will remove them
from tending the flock....”
(Ezekiel 34:10)
God will shepherd his people

“I will rescue my flock.... I myself will search

for my sheep and look after them.”
(Ezekiel 34:10-11)
God will feed his flock justice

“I will bind up the injured and strengthen the

weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.
I will shepherd the flock with justice.”
(Ezekiel 34:16)
Good shepherds
feed the flock
just like
God does
Good shepherds (Ezekiel 34)

Search and find sheep (11-12, 16)

Feed sheep (13-15)

Take care of the sick and weak (16)

Feed justice to the flock (16)
What good shepherds do
(1 Peter 5:1-5)

Care for the flock (2)

Watch over the flock (2)
Lead by example (3)
Work to please Jesus (4)
We are all
Who are you shepherding...
and how?
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