November 18: Gathering & Return of the Jewish People

Jeremiah 23:1-4, 7-8

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.

 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”


God has always described Himself as a Shepherd and demands that any man or woman whom He chooses to shepherd His people must do so as He does – in grace and mercy.  Here God is criticizing Israel’s shepherds of being cruel and selfish.

Therefore God will judge and punish the bad shepherds and He will gather and return the descendants of Israel back to the land of Israel.  I suggest this passage is appropriately applicable to the Body of Messiah (aka the Church).

[Note: Yeshua (Jesus) applied this passage to Himself when He said, “I am the Good Shepherd.”  This was one of the many times He confessed to be God.]



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