The corresponding letter to this chapter is Lame- teaching and learning.
Yechezk'el 34:1-2 Then the "WORD" of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D," Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
Feed my sheep. The leaders were not willing to listen to even the milk of the word, let alone teach it. Man cannot live by bread alone but by the Word of the L-rd. Milk is used to refer to the basic teachings of right and wrong. Our conscience tells us that we all have failed, fallen short, at one time or another.
Hebrews 5:12-14 in fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of G-d's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
1 Kefa (Peter) 2:1-3 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the L-rd.
We need to do right but we do not always do the things we should do and fall short of the glory of G-d. Therefore we need a Messiah; who not only had to be perfect but also had to be a man who understands our weaknesses. He was tempted like we are yet He overcame sin. He is willing to help us overcome and be our deliverer.
These sayings are sweet to those that are willing to listen to them and learn from what was written down.
Yeshua said the same thing to John.
Yochanan (John) 21:14-17 This is now the third time Yeshua showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had eaten breakfast, Yeshua said to Shim'on Kefa (Simon Peter), " Shim'on (Simon), Bar-Yochanan (son of Jonah), do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, L-rd; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." He said to him again a second time, " Shim'on (Simon), son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, L-rd; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." He said to him the third time, " Shim'on (Simon), Bar-Yochanan (son of Jonah), do you love Me?" Kefa (Peter) was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "L-rd, You know all things; You know that I love You." Yeshua said to him, "Feed My sheep.
If we love Him we will teach others the Word and about Him who is also the Word. He is also the honey of the word and is a sweet thing. Should we not let others in on this sweet thing? His mercy is available for us to take away our sin. Moshe brought the law, but Yeshua brings mercy and truth.
Yechezk'el 34:3-6 "You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. "Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. "And they were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. "My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill, and My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth; and there was no one to search or seek for them."' "
Some today profess to be teachers sent from G-d but are really "wolves in sheep's clothing".
Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:15-21 Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "So then, you will know them by their fruits.