There are some verses in the Bible that leap from the page and demand your attention, speaking directly to you. This is a verse that goes beyond that for me. In this chapter, I hear God speaking directly to me. This is the text that explains my assignment. Why I am passionate about what I do. For today’s hostile verse we will look at Ezekiel 34:1-5.
“And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.”
To me, this passage is a violent offender. Not only does is leap from the page and drags me in, but it seems to leap out and describe our current situation. We are living in a time that many are leaving Christianity for many other beliefs. The shepherds of the church and the pastors are not doing their job. I mean in general, not your pastor, I’m sure he’s a great guy. This verse inspires me to take a different approach to ministry. The verse says woe, as in slow down, take a warning, and woe is a common theme among the prophets. There are other woe verses that are hostile to me, so when I see woe I pay attention. This verse inspires me to seek those who’ve been scattered.
What does this verse say to you? I’d love to hear what this verse says to you, or your experience in this area. I’d also love to hear about a verse that is hostile to you. Comment, subscribe or reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you.