I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy.
As for you, my flock, this says the Lord God: behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between Rams and male goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?
Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: behold, I , I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep.
And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
And I the Lord will be their God and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD. I have spoken.
Ezekiel 34: 15-24
They might be a bit intimidating at first, but there’s a lot of reward in going through some of the Old Testament prophets. I found this passage yesterday and it made a lot of things Jesus says about himself in the gospels clearer. It’s made after a section in which God calls out some of Israel’s false teachers and talks of one true shepherd sent by God.
It makes me think of Matthew 25, where Jesus talks about judging the sheep and the goats, and John 10, where he calls himself the good shepherd- this passage makes these statements all the more huge as he has proven himself to be the fulfilment of one more prophecy.