9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
Verse 9 gives us an unpleasant picture of wild animals invited to devour the corpses of His enemies after they lay dead on the field of battle. This is such a sudden change from the rest of the chapter that it’s rather startling. The point, though is that in His promises of release from bondage, He was speaking both of the immediate future and the far future. Both would include mighty battles with the enemies of Israel and of God.
Revelation 19:4 is the description of the result of the great Battle of Armageddon that is yet to come: Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
The last four verses in this chapter and in chapter 57, we will see a lot about the downfall of Israel due to corrupt leaders. It’s no different today, for we can impose the same evils on today’s shepherds–pastors, political leaders and so on, who have grown lazy and greedy in their given tasks.
I am thankful that my own pastor does NOT fit the description in vv. 10-12.
Twelve flaws of character are given in vv. 10-12:
They are (spiritually) blind.
They are ignorant.
They are like dumb (voiceless) dogs.
They cannot bark in warning. (What good is a guard dog who cannot bark?)
They love sleep.
They are lazy.
They are like greedy dogs.
They are covetous.
They are ignorant, mentioned for the second time.
Everyone is dedicated to gaining wealth.
They live in pleasure, drunkenness, and increased revellings.
There are so many parallels today in every area of life. Too many churches that are ineffective, and fail to preach the whole counsel of God. People in leadership who openly renounce God and praise sin. Too much entertainment that takes our minds completely off of God and righteousness, focusing instead on the lusts and desires of the flesh.
America and Israel, both blessed with the knowledge and leadership of God, both allowing the things of God to recede far, far away from the front ranks.