Podcast #206: “Shepherd of My Soul” by Kutless

Comparing Shepherds in Ezekiel 34 and John 10

Jesus, my Lord, is my Shepherd, and He is a good shepherd. I have the benefit of coming in on the scene after the Good Shepherd has come the first time and will come again. Kutless’ new song, “Shepherd of My Soul” sings of our Shepherd and sent me to Scripture to explore what it says about shepherds.

We are going on a journey this week to compare and contrast shepherds in Scripture. Join me?

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Compare and contrast
    • Make a list
    • Follow the cross reference
    • Define words
  • How our song points to Psalm 23, but we’re going somewhere else this week. Check out Episode 14 for an episode that discusses Psalm 23.
  • Some background information on Ezekiel
  • The charges God levels against the shepherds of His flock – Ezekiel 34:1-6
  • God’s instructions to the flock were the opposite of what occurred – Leviticus 25:43
  • The fact that the shepherds of Israel were the kings the people requested after rejecting God as King
  • The result and God’s response to the failed shepherds – Ezekiel 34:7-9
  • What God does when He take over – Ezekiel 34:11-16
  • The Messianic prophesy that Christ fulfills in John 10 – Ezekiel 34:23-24
  • Jesus’ figure of speech He shares with the Pharisees – John 10:1-6
  • Jesus fulfills all the failed shepherds did not – John 10:7-10
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd – John 10:11-18

 

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Read John 10 and really consider all that Jesus is saying about being the Good Shepherd. Then head over to Ezekiel 34 and clearly see the charges against the previous shepherds of Israel. Finally, land in Psalm 23 and use this week’s song to reinforce the beautiful truths we find there where we declare and confess…The Lord is my Shepherd.

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