Old Testament
Lesson 43
The Shepherds of Israel

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to fulfill our responsibilities as “shepherds of Israel” (Ezekiel 34:2).

Scripture references for study:  Ezekiel 18; Ezekiel 34; Ezekiel 37
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Lesson 43 Handout (PDF)

Introduction To Ezekiel

Ezekiel was the son of Buzi.

He was spoken of as "the priest."

He was among the group carried to Babylon in 598 B.C. with king Jehoiachin.

Ezekiel was married and his wife died during the Babylonian captivity.

Date of his mission: about 593-571 B.C.

He prophesied to the Jews in captivity in Babylonia.

Contemporary prophets:

Nebuchadnezzar was king in Babylonia.

Brother Duane S. Crowther:  "Ezekiel lived the life of a captive and labored among Jewish exiles and slaves in Babylonia. Like Jeremiah, he was commanded to perform symbolic actions. Like Jeremiah, he struck out at the sins of Judah and gave the reason for God's rejection of his chosen people. Though of an upper class heritage before going into captivity, he was forced to live a life of poverty and despair. He ministered to the common people while Daniel ministered to the royalty." (Prophets & Prophecies of The Old Testament, p529)

The Call Of Ezekiel - Ezekiel 2

READ EZEKIEL 2:2-5. The call of Ezekiel.

READ EZEKIEL 2:6-7. Ezekiel to preach unto them in spite of their rebelliousness.

READ EZEKIEL 2:8-10. Ezekiel commanded to eat the book.

Watchmen In Zion - Ezekiel 3

READ EZEKIEL 3:17-21. Ezekiel to be a watchman.

The Fate of Jerusalem & Judah - Ezekiel 4 & 5

Ezekiel performed four symbolic acts to demonstrate the fate of Jerusalem and Judah.


Repentance & Forgiveness - Ezekiel 18

READ EZEKIEL 18:1-4. Men accountable for their own sins and not that of their fathers.

The Lord explains this principle through Ezekiel:

READ EZEKIEL 18:20-22. The principle of accountability and forgiveness.

"But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die." (v24)

READ EZEKIEL 18:30-31. Cast aside your sins.

Ezekiel 33

READ EZEKIEL 33:14-16. Promises to the repentant sinner.

READ EZEKIEL 33:30-32. The people hear, but do not act.

The Shepherds Of Israel - Chapter 34


READ EZEKIEL 34:1-4. Shepherds of Israel condemned.

READ EZEKIEL 34:5-6. Results of the shepherds' mode of operation.

READ EZEKIEL 34:8-10. What will happen to the shepherds.

READ EZEKIEL 34:11-15. The Lord to gather and feed his flock.

The Stick Of Judah & The Stick Of Joseph - Chapter 37

READ EZEKIEL 37:1-14. Ezekiel's vision of the valley which was full of dry bones.

READ EZEKIEL 37:15-17. Stick of Judah and Stick of Joseph.

READ EZEKIEL 37:26-28. Ezekiel sees a latter-day temple in Jerusalem.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Ezekiel was commissioned by the Lord to preach his word.  We are fortunate to have his teachings concerning the shepherds of Israel, repentance and forgiveness, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and his teachings regarding the latter days.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Ezekiel. How can these teachings be applied to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.

Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Prophets & Prophecies of The Old Testament by Duane S. Crowther.

That All May Be Edified by Boyd K. Packer.

The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

Voice of Israel's Prophets by Sidney B. Sperry.

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