An An oracle is a divine utterance of guidance, promise, or judgment delivered to humans through an intermediary (who is often also called an oracle). In the Bible oracles are given by Balaam (in the book of Numbers) and by David (in 2 Samuel). A number... More condemning the “shepherds” of Israel and God’s role as a shepherd seeking the lost sheep.
Using the imagery of shepherds and sheep, which was a common ancient Near Eastern way to speak of rulers and people, this passage condemns the leadership of Israel who have only served themselves. They have not watched over the poor and weak. So, God will become the shepherd and seek out all the scattered sheep. The nation’s inattentive and exploitative leaders are responsible for the exilic moment in which they find themselves. But God will gather the exiles and feed them like a good shepherd. God will not leave them scattered in exile.