Study No. 35
Godís Sheep Are Scattered
A hireling shepherd allows the wolf to come and scatter the sheep, John 10:1-18. It was prophesied that Jesus would "gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad," John 11:52.
James wrote to the "twelve tribes scattered abroad," James 1:1. Peter wrote to "strangers scattered" throughout various Roman provinces, I Peter 1:1. Jesus prophesied that His followers would be scattered, John 16:32. Again, He said, "Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered" Mark 14:27, Matthew 26:31. Jesus had compassion for the multitudes who fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd, Matthew 9:36. Persecution scattered the early church, but this helped to spread the word, Acts 8:1-4, 11:19.
Who Is Responsible for the Scattering?
The Eternal scattered them, Zechariah 13:7, 7:14.
Leviticus 26:33 says, "I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you, and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste."
Deuteronomy 4:27-31 states, "And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number . . . ."
Deuteronomy 28:64-68 predicts, "And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people . . . thou shalt serve other gods . . . no ease . . . life shall hang in doubt . . . fear . . . sold [as slaves] . . . ."
The reason for scattering is that they forgot God, didnít have faith, Deuteronomy 32:15-30, and believed not His Word, Psalm 106:24-27.
Scattering Is A Horrible Thing to Undergo
Those scattered are a reproach, scorn, a shame, a byword among nations, Psalm 44:9-15. They are totally helpless, scattered to the winds, Ezekiel 5:2, 10, 12.
The scattered few that remain are a testimony unto others that they are being punished for disobeying God, Ezekiel 12:14-16. Being scattered is one of the "hard things" to undergo, Psalm 60:1-3. God will scatter and turn His back on His own people, Jeremiah 18:17.
False Ministers Scatter Godís People
Jeremiah 23:1-2 says, "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD . . . Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them . . . ." The shepherds of Israel drive away the sheep; there is no real shepherd, nobody searching for the lost sheep of spiritual Israel, Ezekiel 34:1-10. Pastors donít seek the LORD, therefore their flocks shall be scattered, Jeremiah 10:21.
He who doesnít gather with Jesus scatters abroad, Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23.
Israel the Object of Godís Scattering
God will deal with His people because of their sins, I Kings 14:15-16. In Nehemiah 1:6-8, we are reminded that Moses warned Israel, " . . . If ye transgress I [the Eternal] will scatter you abroad among the nations."
God Promises to Regather Israel
If you turn unto God, and keep His commandments, He will gather you and bring you back from your scattered condition, Nehemiah 1:9. God is with Israel. He will return them from captivity, Jeremiah 30:10-11. He that scattered Israel will regather, Jeremiah 31:10. God will regather His sheep and feed them, overcoming the harm done to them by the false shepherds, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 21-22.
True Reason For Scattering
Israel despised Godís statutes, and polluted His sabbaths, Ezekiel 20:23-25. The scattering will consume the filthiness out of His people, Ezekiel 22:15. The real enemies of God will be scattered and not regathered, but they will perish, Psalm 92:9.
When they are scattered, they will remember God, for He is doing this because of their sins, and they will loathe themselves for all their abominations, Ezekiel 6:8-9. Out of scattering, there will be a regathering, for God will give them a new heart, Ezekiel 11:16-20.
Godís power will be demonstrated by the scatterings, Ezekiel 20:34, 40-43. Ezekiel 28:25-26 notes that, " . . . they shall know that I am the LORD their God," when they are gathered. God will do all this to sanctify His holy name, Ezekiel 36:17-27.
A Great Scattering Is Coming
Daniel 12:7 predicts, " . . . and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." W
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