Ezekiel 34 shepherds and sheep

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Our goal is not to slam the people of wherever we’re sent, but instead to walk through it with the Father’s eyes. When I think of Yeshua’s approach to people, it was always with compassion, even toward prostitutes and others who were deemed hopeless outcasts. However He didn’t mince words when it came to addressing the Ezekiel 34 type of fat sheep who muddy the waters.

Let’s consider the context of who He called a “brood of vipers” and on whom He flipped over tables. And what kind of person is it better for him to have “a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and drowned in the depth of the sea?” But let’s not categorize the whole city or state as these wretched types of people!

I’ve been so impressed with the many Californians we’ve met on the streets during our journey here. Both believers and pre-believers have been kind, friendly and helpful.  And honestly, I’ve come to view the believers we’ve met here as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These are people of immense faith who are walking in the hottest part of the furnace with their hearts set on the Fourth Man in the fire.

So we pray for California to walk in the fullness of her destiny in Messiah and reach out to as many lost souls as we can with the message of the Good News. This is what we do in Israel and wherever we’re sent.

Let’s be like the One who searches for His sheep and seeks them out, caring for the herd and delivering them from all the places to which they were scattered on a gloomy day. Let’s feed them in a good pasture so they can lie down and rest on good grazing ground. Let’s seek the lost, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick. And let’s participate how we’re called by our Righteous Judge to feed the strong but wicked ones with judgment.

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Carolyn Margolin-Hyde was raised in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue near Chicago. She graduated from University of Illinois and as an RN she practiced nursing for many years. After making Aliyah Carolyn served as worship leader at K’tsir Asher, The Harvest of Asher Congregation, in Akko, and then led worship at Kehilat Poriya, a congregation near Tiberius. She has written and recorded many worship songs in English and Hebrew and her worship CD’s include “Just Like Joseph” and “The Latter Rain”- contemporary worship CDs; “Deep Calls to Deep” – a soaking CD; and “Fine Linen” – worship with a touch of the blues.