“‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.’” (Ezek. 34:7)

“IT’S TIME TO DO YOUR CHORES!” We kids heard that phrase from Mom every Saturday morning while sitting in front of the TV watching cartoons. However, the typical response was no response. We usually sat there, silent and unmoving with our eyes glued to the TV, ignoring her command. We would usually put off obedience for as long as possible, only to be met with some form of discipline for not responding in Mom’s time frame. We were a stubborn bunch, as this occurred almost every Saturday.

Ezekiel delivered a message from God commanding the shepherds, meaning the spiritual leaders of people. These priests and prophets were to hear the Word of the Lord, which was instruction on how to feed, protect, and watch over their flock, God’s people. They were to teach them the ways of God through the proper interpretation of the law. However, they did not “hear the word of the Lord” (Ezek. 34:7). They ignored Him, and the people gave in to false teachings.

“Don’t ignore me!” and “You better listen to me!” are other commands parents use to get the attention of their kids and demand obedience. To keep from falling for false teachings, we must always be ready to listen to God, heed His words, and not ignore Him.

Listen to God, then do what He says.

Carol Jimerson works as a letter carrier and enjoys gardening, canning, being a grandma, and taking photos.

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