A word for the body
To fathers husbands and wives and pastoral shepherds leading ‘flocks’.
He is not saying He doesn’t need shepherds. He needs shepherds dependent on Him. He is not dependent on them. The sheep are His not ours. ‘My’ is a reference to ownership.
He spoke more:
‘I do not like the lone wolf quality in a shepherd’ ’The wolf and a sheep don’t go together’ ’Don’t try to feed my sheep without My help’
Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Translated from Hebrew it says: Jehovah the self existent God existing independently of other beings and causes tends the flock: I shall not lack. When the word Jehovah is used in Hebrew it denotes omnipotence and ultimate authority. The Yod Hei Vav Hei
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
He gave us these verses to back up this astonishing remark Ezekiel 34:1-12
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, “Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: ‘Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”
“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: “As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”— therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”
God, the True Shepherd
“For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.
The message is clear. Be a pastor or shepherd of a church or father or mother figure with caution as if you are not being led by the True Shepherd, He does not need you. They are always His sheep.
He can do it without us.
When Jesus fed the 5000 He fed His Father’s sheep with His Father’s miraculous food. We need to do the same thing as shepherds. They are His sheep not ours !