With great power comes great responsibility. Why? Because we answer to God for how we treat each other.
(2) Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
In Ezekiel 34, The LORD is chastising the leadership of Israel for taking advantage of the people. They were using their power for themselves rather than for the people. The LORD said,
“I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” Ezekiel 34:16
This verse is much like a passage in Isaiah 61, one that Jesus quotes as He began His ministry:
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to [bind up the brokenhearted], to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
If it is Jesus who does the gathering, then this passage does NOT pertain to the Dispersion when the Jews came back to Jerusalem after being in captivity, but to the lost sheep of the world–Jews and Gentiles alike. The Lord continues: in Ezekiel 34:
23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken.
In chapter 37, the Lord uses sticks to represent the uniting of Judah and the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel (which hasn’t happened, yet). He says,
24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.'”
Whether king or prince (the terms are interchangeable), it is clear that David himself will rule with Christ in the Millennial kingdom. Jeremiah 30 confirms this fact:
9 Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Jeremiah 30:9
The most interesting thing to me is the word play that Jesus used concerning the passage in Psalm 110,
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
We know that Jesus is a descendant of David both on Mary’s side and Joseph’s side. Jesus was claiming to be above David. If He had wanted, He could have quoted the Scriptures in Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel about David ruling with Him in Jerusalem in the Millennium! Upon His Second Coming, all things will change. What a future He has prepared for us!
With this future in mind, we prepare for the future, but we don’t hold onto the things of this world very tightly. Let’s be about the Father’s business today, shall we?
Lord Jesus, I worship You today for who You are and for the plans You have for this world and all mankind. May I keep my eyes focused upon You as I go about my daily tasks knowing that You could return any minute and usher in the Millennial kingdom. I look forward to singing with David at Your throne! In the meantime, may I lead the people in Your praise today. Amen.