The people of the LORD God are prone to going astray. In those times, they need a godly shepherd to bring them back.
The people of the LORD God tend to wander. They need a shepherd who has compassion for them, one who can guide them back to godly living.
The people are eager for answers. However, many shepherds don’t provide those answers. That is because many shepherds are corrupt.
These religious leaders are not true shepherds. Rather, they abuse their authority to benefit themselves.
Numbers 27:17. who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be as sheep which have no shepherd.”
1 Kings 22:17. He said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. The LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let them each return to his house in peace.’ ”
2 Chronicles 18:16. He said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. The LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let them each return to his house in peace.’ ”
2 Chronicles 19:4. Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
2 Chronicles 28:19. For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, because he acted without restraint in Judah and trespassed severely against the LORD.
Psalm 142:4. Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.
Matthew 9:36. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
1 Peter 2:25. For you were going astray like sheep; but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Hebrews 5:2. The high priest can deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray, because he himself is also surrounded with weakness.
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