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Should Not Shepherds Feed the Sheep? 11 января, 2012

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Today's Devotional.
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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Should Not Shepherds Feed the Sheep? Some pastors today have a lot in common with the false shepherds of Israel.  Such pastors may not all be drunkards and say, «Come…let me drink wine» and reel in giving judgment (Isa 28:7).  However, there are those who ignore Jesus’ words to Peter, «‘Simon, son of John, do you lov…e me?’…’Feed my sheep'» (Jn 21:15-19).  Such pastors believe that they are doing God’s work when they are ignoring the needs of God’s sheep.  They believe that the church does not exist for God’s sheep but rather only for those outside of the fold.  Several pastors are like the false shepherds in that they are actually serving themselves and not acting as under shepherds of the Good Shepherd.  They allow the sheep to be vulnerable to attack because the pastors are too busy feeding themselves in lust and in lost.  God says to the shepherds of Israel who did the same,   «Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!

 Should not shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep.  The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you ruled over them.  So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts» (Exe 34:2-4).
 Many pastors make themselves rich off of the sheep, enjoying the fruit of another’s labor.  They demand that their sheep pay tithes to the local church first or else their finances will be cursed (this is biblical but it should not be a fret pression of their dictatorship or not be taken from a person belonging to another church or ministry).  the sheep will have to be blind  or silent if the pastor chooses to use the tithes to purchase a private jet by which he takes several personal trips.  Never mind if the pastor and his family own a huge home that is much more than enough to meet their needs.  Never mind if the pastor and his family all wear the expensive clothes.  Never mind if the pastor does not feed the sheep with God’s Word.  Never mind if the pastor harshly rebukes the sheep for wanting to be fed God’s Word.  Never mind if the pastor feeds the sheep a false vision instead of God’s Word.  They are like those to whom God says,
«The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough.  But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all» (Isa 56:11).   Though there are several false shepherds presently, the sheep can take comfort knowing that they have a True Shepherd who sought them and keeps His promises: «I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down…I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them in justice» (Eze 34:15-16).  We sheep can take comfort in this also, «I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.  And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them…I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods» (Eze 34: 23-25).  This is the covenant that the Lord speaks about many times and all that trust in Christ, the Shepherd, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, can take comfort in.  «I will make a covenant of peace with them.  It shall be an everlasting covenant with them.  And I will set them in their own land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people» (Eze 37:26-27).  This should sound familiar because Revelation speaks about its fulfillment, «Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God» (Rev 21:3).  We will no longer be dismayed by the false shepherds of our day.  We will enjoy unhindered fellowship with our God.  May the false shepherds repent while their is still time.  May those disobedient shepherds who are true Christians repent and begin living in obedience to God’s Word.  May they make use of the time that the Lord gives them to feed His sheep.  the qualities of a pastor? LOVE