“For the shepherds are stupid
and do not inquire of the Lord;
therefore they have not prospered,
and all their flock is scattered.”
– Jeremiah 10:21 (ESV)
I’m reading in Jeremiah and the Gospel of John this month and have been thinking for a bit today about what we find in chapter 10 of each book – the subject of shepherding. The verse above illustrates the state of the ruling class at the time Jeremiah was a prophet. The group of kings and leaders that had been at the head of Israel and Judah since the end of Solomon’s reign and the beginning of the divided kingdom read like a handbook of how not to shepherd a group of people. Is it any wonder that the people find themselves in the state they’re in as Jeremiah pronounces the message he’s been given from God ?
Now contrast this group of shepherds with The Good Shepherd:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11
Jesus also reminds us in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” He came to fulfill what centuries of lackluster and mostly evil leadership never could. That leadership ultimately left their flock scattered. Not so with Jesus.
He is our Good Shepherd. We are His sheep. Follow His lead today and put your trust under His care.