Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Word to the Shepherds

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw many people, and was moved with compassion towards them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Jesus having gone to a desert place to rest was followed by many people, he felt compassion towards them. In this age of me, me, me and I, we are called to be like Jesus. This means to be compassionate to others needs above our own.

Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Jesus taught them as he was the Good Shepherd and the Living Word. The people were as sheep without a shepherd. Many are seemingly lost today, even some who are saved. They just have no peace or assurance. One reason may be that they have no shepherd or probably they have not learned to feed themselves from the the word of God. We are all as sheep that are easily gone astray when in the flesh. We are to be as Jesus, walking in the spirit and full of faith and good works.

The prophets warned the shepherds

Isa 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
Isa 56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
Isa 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isa 56:11 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.

Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jesus taught the sheep when he came the first time. He is coming back, so we are to be shepherds who feed the sheep until he returns to claim them into his kingdom. He is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

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