Shepherds and Sheep - November 22, 2020

Bible Study “Shepherds and Sheep”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Questions:

What does it mean to be a shepherd? 

Think of a time when you were injured and God helped to heal you?

Think of a time when you were hungry and you were fed?

Think of a time when you were lost and you were found?

 

Let’s read about how on there is a ray of hope from Ezekiel to those who were in the Babylonian exile, telling them of God’s promise to look for them, gather them, care for them, and bring them home as a shepherd bring the sheep home and tends to them after they have been lost.

Please open your Bibles to Exekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Exekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken.

 

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you think it means that the Lord will search for the sheep?
  • Who do you think the sheep might be?
  • What does this means for us today?

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

Videos (Click on words or copy and paste url on the search bar)

Ezekiel 34 – Is this you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RYeb4dC02I

Bible Journaling: The Good Shepherd: Ezekiel 34:11 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF0mM-pbRps

 

Activities (Click on words or copy and paste url on the search bar)

Bible Quiz: 

Word Search:  https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1652666/

Activities:

I wonder what would a modern day Shepherd look like?  How might that person guide, tend, and nurture a group of people? Draw or create your modern day shepherds.

What Do You Give Thanks For? This is the final session of our church year, so it’s like our New Year’s Eve! What would that be like?

Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent, which marks the beginning of the Church Year. So think about the people and things that you want to give thanks for as you think back over the last year.  Write them down on a piece of paper.

It is sometimes easy to forget all that we are thankful for and all the things that have blessed us in the last year. Create a thank you note to give to someone.

Notes of Thanks

Take a nice paper or even notecards to write or draw thank you notes that you can give to people as a way of appreciating what someone has done for you this past year.

Prayer: Almighty God, we give thanks that you are our shepherd, guiding us and caring for us as we venture out into the world. Be with us as we leave this place that we may feel your presence and know you are with us. Amen.  Also say the Lord’s Prayer.