by Christina Farris
1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.The gathering of the children of Israel is probably the most interesting study in the Bible because the claim that God is moving his people not by their own might but by the power and spirit of God. Now Jeremiah's book is written going into exile, and the book of Ezra is written when Israel is coming back and the temple is being rebuilt. Who is over the temple but Jehovah/Lord our Righteous/God who directs the priesthood. God does not force his people to submit to him as in the days of wilderness so to speak, but what he does is bring them to a place of submission to his will. His words through the prophets were salvtion to the people that heard and obeyed the prophets that spoke truth. Today that is the same struggle man goes through in their relationship with God the obedience to His word. Obedience being a part of knowing you are a child of God, through your desire to obey Him and not the will of the world or the devil. Not to living in sin or things consider sin by God.
This passage is only part of Jeremiah 23 but it is the hope of those not following into sin, but waiting for the Good Shepherd to arrive. This passage is not speaking of just a Messiah but perhaps the prophet Ezra. A leader to the people that would restore Jerusalem temple to worship God the Lord thy Righteous/Jehovah. The word shepherd can be speaking of any minister, but the minister is not the Messiah of the world. The minister might be a type of Messiah but never Christ or Jehovah. It is time the world recognizes the prophesy time frames are often the hardest to recognize in scripture if just reading without helps or aids. The meaning of these passage of scripture is always clear enough, the destruction of the Jewish people to the hope of the Messiah/Shepherd coming that will lead Israel back to God and to godly ways.
Some might even say it is old people talking of kids being wild and not listening to their elders needing a leader for that generation. Ezra name means Yahweh has help, Yahweh another name for Jehovah. Entitlement of Ezra priestline was from the order of High Priest in Jerusalem. Yet his ancestory line established his authority, he was also from the tribe of Judah, the kingly tribe, but their no information whether he went back to the king of David as a direct descendant. But what Ezra does for his people is bring them back to Jerusalem with permission of the King to rebuild the temple to their God. The temple is reestablished.
The Spirit of God is not mentioned in this passage or portion of scripture but is The Spirit present. The word going forth in the spirit of prophesy at the time is salvation. The prophetic book of Jeremiah is the hope to Israel of better time to come. The word of God being salvation itself. Jesus is the word of God that came in the flesh, in human form. But in the day of Jeremiah the word did not come in human form as in the days of Jeremiah and Ezra. Some might consider Ezra a time of human word because of prosperity of the message of hope that came during that time of the rebuilding and restablishment of religion of the Jewish people. God the Father is clearly seen in this passage of Jeremiah. God sends forth his word by His Spirit to the prophets who thus speak God's word and it ministers to the hearers by God's Spirit and those that receive the word of God has truth has hope of the promise of restoration.
Jesus the Messiah spoke the restoration of the gentiles. Temple was purged from all Idolatry and mixing of tribes at the time of Ezra. The purging had to take place so the purity of the law could be established. The purity of the law of God without Idolatry or sin within the temple, a holiness re established that was almost destroyed by the people that came from other cultures. The Jewish law did not allow anyone that was not Jewish to even enter the temple until the tenth generation of claim of being a prostylete. There was a court for the Gentiles within the temple the prostyletes could enter and worship. This speaks of the Holiness of the people and requirement of holiness. It sounds more like segregation then anything of a group of people, but it was how the old laws were resurrected in Israel. It was same way the law of God was established in the wilderness at the time of the golden calf. Adultery and sin was literally purged out of the temple. Dont' think this did not cause conflict of some kind, but some conflict is covered by the way law was executed in Israel as well. We see the Islamic law through out history of even my own time as being such of good and bad leaders arising in control and submission of religious and political law. Is it that way in the USA probably not to the same extreme, because usually obedience to the law and to God is individual choice in our land. If you don't like a law you obey the law to change the law just like marijuana laws are changing in our land. It does not mean it is good for our country, it means it establishing some peace to the drug war, to extent. Yet it does not mean marijuana is any safer for human consumation. After all it is a drug that still fries the brain, but it is lesser danger then many other drugs that make people high. They say medically it helps people with chronic pain, don't know never tried it. Yet with studying a plant of this calebrae they can decide if it is safe for anything or any form of consumation medically.
What is my point evil arose in the temple to cause less friction among the people leading to more leniency of a good law that eventually needed to be reestablished. Reestablishment of good laws so evil can arise only means that good people commonly win even when evil prevails for a time. If evil prevails only for God's rule to be established what does it say, each generation must learn the value of the laws. The cycle of good and evil continue. To bad that cycle can not establsih a more peaceful rise and fall. The cycle usually comes with war and killing of some kind, even if the failure to understand it as being such.
God has never since the time of the wilderness really forced his control. I often wonder why at the time of wilderness did God force his control. The only reason I truly can grasp is the establishment of his laws for the protection of the people. Good laws, obeying the right way often leads to safety. Yet it not always true, but as long as good laws are in place evil is not the stronger of powers in our world. Some of the situations of lawlessness seen at the time of President Obama, is only a demonstration of what can happen in a land of promise to the people of our land that chooses to fight with fist instead of law. The video cams are catching crooked cops, whether justifiable only the judge will decide those cases. Each one is different.
The point salvation at the time of Messiah was for eternal salvation, the salvation at the time of Israel return was for the reestablishment of the covenant of faith in God and his ways made to the people and for the people of God. That is the covenant that still exist today for the Jewish people, but what is missing is the promise of eternal life through faith in the Messiah. Yet some believe their Messiah has yet to come and others gave up on the story long ago beyond the reestablishment of their country. Christ came the hope is real. Yet salvation was more then just the Messiah. The Gentile people were ushered in to the eternal hope for eternity to all that would believe.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the eternal hope of salvation through Christ Jesus as well as establishment of good laws in our land. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Revelations 19:10 KJV And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Ezra 5:4-13 KJV