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Mark 6 and Ezekiel 34 – A Shepherd Motif

July 14, 2009

Mark 6 identifies Jesus as the Shepherd.  At the feeding of the 5,000, the text tells us that Jesus had compassion on the crowd, because “they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34).  Implicitely, Jesus is the Shepherd – though the text does not actually call him shepherd.  It does, however, pick up the theme of Ezekiel 34, where the shepherds of Isreal (read= religious leaders) have scattered the sheep and have left them as food for the beasts of the wild:

So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them (Ezekiel 34:5-6).

The sheep are without a shepherd.  But the Lord will seek his sheep (Ez. 34:11-16) and set up “my servant David” as their shepherd (Ez. 34:23, read= Jesus) and give them the promise of the New Covenant (Ez. 34:25-30).  The Good Shepherd is here – in the line of David and one with God.  Amen and amen.

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