The good shepherd is the one who loves the sheep enough to lay down his life for them. Jesus did not come to take advantage of us; He came to care for us. We can be confident in our lives and in our salvation because Jesus, the Good Shepherd, watches over us and protects us.
Read Ezekiel 34:7-10:
- Think of the characteristics and attributes of God. What is one that immediately comes to mind?
- What do you know about being a shepherd, or about the care of sheep?
- How are the shepherds in this passage treating the sheep?
Read Ezekiel 34:11-16:
- What are some characteristics of a sheep with which you can identify?
- What qualities of God as Shepherd stand out to you the most?
- Is there a situation in your life right now in which you feel defenseless?
Read Ezekiel 34:17-24:
- God says He will rescue His flock from the “fat sheep.” What sorts of attitudes and behaviors might that kind of person exhibit?
- What are some of the implications for our church if we are the flock of God?
- In which ways do you see the Good Shepherd leading, guiding, and protecting our church as His flock?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Psalm 28; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Micah 5:2-5a; Ezekiel 37:15-28; John 10:1-21; Matthew 25:31-46.