I would like to respond to this post with scripture and it is very clear "why" the sheep have scattered.
This is all of Jeremiah 10
A Satire on Idolatry
1Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2Thus says the LORD,
"(A)Do not learn the way of the nations,
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them;
3For the customs of the peoples are (B)delusion;
Because (C)it is wood cut from the forest,
The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
4"They (D)decorate it with silver and with gold;
They (E)fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.
5"Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
And they (F)cannot speak;
They must be (G)carried,
Because they cannot walk!
Do not fear them,
For they (H)can do no harm,
Nor can they do any good."
6(I)There is none like You, O LORD;
You are (J)great, and great is Your name in might.
7(K)Who would not fear You, O (L)King of the nations?
Indeed it is Your due!
For among all the (M)wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
8But they are altogether (N)stupid and foolish
In their discipline of delusion--their idol is wood!
9Beaten (O)silver is brought from (P)Tarshish,
And (Q)gold from Uphaz,
The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith;
Violet and purple are their clothing;
They are all the (R)work of skilled men.
10But the LORD is the (S)true God;
He is the (T)living God and the (U)everlasting King
At His wrath the (V)earth quakes,
And the nations cannot (W)endure His indignation.
11Thus you shall say to them, "The (X)gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will (Y)perish from the earth and from under the heavens."
12It is (Z)He who made the earth by His power,
Who (AA)established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has (AB)stretched out the heavens.
13When He utters His (AC)voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the (AD)clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain,
And brings out the (AE)wind from His storehouses.
14Every man is (AF)stupid, devoid of knowledge;
Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols;
For his molten images are deceitful,
And there is no breath in them.
15They are (AG)worthless, a work of mockery;
In the (AH)time of their punishment they will perish.
16The (AI)portion of Jacob is not like these;
For the (AJ)Maker of all is He,
And (AK)Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
The (AL)LORD of hosts is His name.
17(AM)Pick up your bundle from the ground,
You who dwell under siege!
18For thus says the LORD,
"Behold, I am (AN)slinging out the inhabitants of the land
At this time,
And will cause them distress,
That they may be found."
19(AO)Woe is me, because of my injury!
My (AP)wound is incurable
But I said, "Truly this is a sickness,
And I (AQ)must bear it."
20My (AR)tent is destroyed,
And all my ropes are broken;
My (AS)sons have gone from me and are no more
There is (AT)no one to stretch out my tent again
Or to set up my curtains.
21For the shepherds have become stupid
And (AU)have not sought the LORD;
Therefore they have not prospered,
And (AV)all their flock is scattered.
22The sound of a (AW)report! Behold, it comes--
A great commotion (AX)out of the land of the north--
To (AY)make the cities of Judah
A desolation, a haunt of jackals.
23I know, O LORD, that (AZ)a man's way is not in himself,
(BA)Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
24(BB)Correct me, O LORD, but with justice;
Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.
25(BC)Pour out Your wrath on the nations that (BD)do not know You
And on the families that (BE)do not call Your name;
For they have devoured Jacob;
They have (BF)devoured him and consumed him
And have laid waste his habitation.
1. Jeremiah 10:2 : Lev 18:3; 20:23; Deut 12:30
2. Jeremiah 10:3 : Jer 14:22
3. Jeremiah 10:3 : Is 44:9-20
4. Jeremiah 10:4 : Is 40:19
5. Jeremiah 10:4 : Is 40:20; 41:7
6. Jeremiah 10:5 : Ps 115:5; Is 46:7; Jer 10:14; 1 Cor 12:2
7. Jeremiah 10:5 : Ps 115:7; Is 46:1, 7
8. Jeremiah 10:5 : Is 41:23, 24
9. Jeremiah 10:6 : Ex 15:11; Deut 33:26; Ps 86:8, 10; Jer 10:16
10. Jeremiah 10:6 : Ps 48:1; 96:4; Is 12:6; Jer 32:18
11. Jeremiah 10:7 : Rev 15:4
12. Jeremiah 10:7 : Ps 22:28
Specifically Look at verse 21