And have raised up over them one shepherd, And he hath fed them -- my servant David, He doth feed them, and he is their shepherd,
Ezekiel 34:23 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will set up one Shepherd - my servant David - David, king of Israel, had been dead upwards of four hundred years; and from that time till now there never was a ruler of any kind, either in the Jewish church or state, of the name of David. This, then, must be some typical person; and from the texts marked in the margin we understand that Jesus Christ alone is meant, as both Old and New Testaments agree in this. And from this one Shepherd all Christian ministers must derive their authority to teach, and their grace to teach effectually.
By the kind providence of God it appears that he has not permitted any apostolic succession to be preserved, lest the members of his Church should seek that in an uninterrupted succession which must be found in the Head alone. The papists or Roman Catholics, who boast of an uninterrupted succession, which is a mere fable that never was and never can be proved, have raised up another head, the Pope. And I appeal to themselves, in the fear of God, whether they do not in heart and in speech trace up all their authority to him, and only compliment Christ as having appointed Peter to be the first bishop of Rome, (which is an utter falsity, for he was never appointed to such an office there, nor ever held such an office in that city, nor, in their sense, any where else); and they hold also that the popes of Rome are not so much Peter's successors as God's vicars; and thus both God and Peter are nearly lost sight of in their papal enumerations. With them the authority of the Church is all in all; the authority of Christ is seldom mentioned.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom...
Jeremiah 23:4-6 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed...
Micah 5:2-5 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah...
Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, said the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd...
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep...
1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.
my servant. David king of Israel had been dead upwards of
400 years; and from that time till now there never has been a ruler of any kind in the Jewish nation of the name of David. By David, then, we must understand the Messiah, as the Jews themselves acknowledge, so called because descended from him, and also as being the well beloved , Son of the Father, as the name imports, and in whom all the promises made to David were fulfilled.
Ezekiel 37:24,25 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments...
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isaiah 55:3,4 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you...
Jeremiah 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king...
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David...
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