Being called some kind of animal is normally not something we desire, except when God is the one making the comparison. “And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 34:31) Thru Ezekiel God is reminding His people that He will watch over and care for them like a shepherd does his flock, BUT they have to follow Him like sheep. In the 23rd Psalm David shares his knowledge that with God as our shepherd, we have all that we need. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalms 23:1) Jesus also gave us reason to want to be like sheep when He described the Judgement Day. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:31-34) In the rest of Matthew 25 Jesus told some of the things we need to do so we can be compared to sheep and not goats.
Today’s reading: Ezekiel 18-20