I was reading in my daily Bible reading from Ezekiel 45 this morning. Therein, the Lord rebukes the princes of Israel saying,
“This is what the Lord GOD says: You have gone too far, princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Put an end to your evictions of my people.” This is the declaration of the Lord GOD.“You are to have honest scales, an honest dry measure, and an honest liquid measure.(Ezekiel 45:9–10)
Evidently prior to the exile, the leaders of Israel were being dishonest to feed themselves. Similar was said of the shepherds of the land back in Ezekiel 34
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy, and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says to the shepherds: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have been feeding themselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds feed their flock?
Thus, the church of the day became just like the world. Ministry became a mockery.
The Lord’s Day is set aside so that we come together and God’s people are fed the Word of God. The shepherd-teachers are to do the feeding. The flock is to feed from the Word of Christ. It’s a special day to not be like the world, but to make sure the scattered sheep are brought together and fed.