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God’s people were being “trampled” by the strong, but they find peace and hope in David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ, who shepherds them to life eternal!

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 34:17-24

ESV Text: Ezekiel 34:17-24

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:42 and ends at about 3:58

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     17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. 18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet. 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. 21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; 22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. 23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 485:
Lord Jesus, Who Art Come

— Organ Audio

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1. Lord Jesus, who art come 
A Teacher sent from heaven 
And by both word and deed 
God’s truth to us hast given, 
Thou wisely hast ordained 
The holy ministry 
That we, Thy flock, may know 
The way to God through thee. 

2. Thou hast, O Lord, returned, 
To God’s right hand ascending; 
Yet Thou art in the world, 
Thy kingdom here extending. 
Through preaching of Thy Word 
In every land and clime 
Thy people’s faith is kept 
Until the end of time. 

3. O blessed ministry 
Of reconciliation, 
That shows the way to God 
And brings to us salvation! 
By Thine evangel pure, 
Lord, Thou preserv’st Thy fold, 
Doest call, enlighten, keep, 
Dost comfort and uphold. 

4. Preserve this ministry 
While harvest-days are keeping; 
And since the fields are white 
And hands are few for reaping, 
Send workers forth, O Lord, 
The sheaves to gather in 
That not a soul be lost 
Which Thou art come to win. 

5. The servants Thou hast called 
And to Thy Church art giving 
Preserve in doctrine pure 
And holiness of living. 
Thy Spirit fill their hearts, 
Endue their tongues with power; 
What they should boldly speak, 
Oh, give them in that hour! 

6. Yea, bless Thy Word alway, 
Our souls forever feeding; 
And may we never lack 
A faithful shepherd’s leading! 
Seek Thou the wandering sheep, 
Bind up the sore opprest, 
Lift up the fallen ones, 
And grant the weary rest. 

7. Bring those into Thy fold 
Who still to Thee are strangers; 
Guard those who are within 
Against offense and dangers. 
Press onward with Thy Word 
Till pastor and his fold 
Through faith in Thee, O Christ, 
Thy glory shall behold.