God's Restoration

DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL

Date: Saturday 15th January, 2022

Text:Ezekiel 34:17-31(NLT)

17 “And as for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to his people: I will judge between one animal of the flock and another, separating the sheep from the goats. 18 Isn’t it enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Why must my flock eat what you have trampled down and drink water you have fouled?
20 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely judge between the fat sheep and the scrawny sheep. 21 For you fat sheep pushed and butted and crowded my sick and hungry flock until you scattered them to distant lands. 22 So I will rescue my flock, and they will no longer be abused. I will judge between one animal of the flock and another. 23 And I will set over them one shepherd, my servant David. He will feed them and be a shepherd to them. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David will be a prince among my people. I, the Lord, have spoken!
The Lord’s Covenant of Peace
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear. 26 I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing. 27 The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the Lord. 28 They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.
29 “And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations. 30 In this way, they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign Lord. 31 You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Questions to consider:

Question 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?

Question 5: Is there any warning for me to heed?

Topic: God’s Restoration

The Lord did not have problem with the leaders alone. Followers were often equally evil, not only in relation to leaders, but also in relation to one another. God condemned Egypt for ‘muddying the waters for others’ as her way of showing her greatness (Ezekiel 32:2). We equally have some in the Church who oppress other members. They cause confusion by their behaviour and teachings leading to disheartening and subsequent exit of some members. What else did God speak against in vs.20-21?

Once again, God comes to the rescue of His people. He restores unity under the only Shepherd whom all must acknowledge.. This Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, the Son of David (vs.23-24), promised to protect the sheep from the thief, Satan, the one who comes only ‘to steal, to kill and to destroy’ (John 10:10). When this happens, His people enter into a new covenant with Him and show great love towards one another. Look at the blessing that would follow this in vs.25-31. How can this be true of your church? See Psalm 133:1-3, John 17:20-23.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for giving us your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Shepherd.

PRAYERS FOR THE WEEK
Pray for the wisdom of God to guide all you will do this year. Ask God for increased knowledge of God’s word in our churches and fellowships. Pray for evangelism of Nigerian children, youths and Adults.

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