Black and Blue Sheep
During prayer with a small circle of friends I saw in my spirit a large flock of black sheep headed our way. The Lord often illustrates truth to me in simple color pictures so I can grasp his message.
Anyway, I saw these sheep, all black, and I winced inwardly and thought, ¯Hum, black sheep. Is this a warning? Are they trouble? Please help me understand, Sir.¯
Clear as a bell, I felt prompted to look again. I had a sense the Lord was chiding me for being a bit of a dullard. So I looked again and suddenly realized that these were not black sheep, but black and blue sheep. Black and blue as in bruises received from beatings. Sheep that had been abused in the church system by self serving shepherds and those in power who were not shepherds at all.
I shared this and my good friend Vicki who started quoting Ezekiel 34. 2 "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, ¯Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?¯¯ Eze 34:10 ¯Thus says the Lord GOD, ¯Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.¯" Eze 34:15 ¯I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest," declares the Lord GOD.
I was once an abused black and blue sheep who has been healed and restored under the care of a genuine under-shepherd that the Great Shepherd used to help restore my soul. It¯s time to help heal others.
The Great Shepherd is gathering up his bruised people, taking them from abusers and self-promoters and giving them to genuine shepherds, placing them in healthy flocks that will care from their souls.
False shepherds, I hope you¯ve had your fill. God indicts you with this: Eze 34:3 "You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep wthout feeding the flock."
The Good Shepherd wants his flock not to want, to safely lie down in green pasture, to be led in paths of righteousness for his name¯s sake that they may finally dwell in the house of the Lord forever.