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Msg #1850 Shepherds-Pastors

Msg #1850 Shepherds-Pastors

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1850 Shepherds-Pastors

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

One can learn a lot from a shepherd. In the Bible a pastor, a shepherd, and a herdsman are all the same word. Able was one. In God's economy pastors-shepherds are the heralds of truth. At Jesus' birth, “there were shepherds abiding in the fields” (Luke 2). These heralds of truth were given first insight, special signs, and the time, curiosity, and initiative to pursue holy things. So is your pastor. “And when they (shepherds-pastors) had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” So does your pastor. God wants you under a pastor-shepherd. “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, ... that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd” (Num. 27:16). There are bad shepherds destroying God's vineyard (Jer. 12:10), causing sheep to go astray (50:6), brutish, not seeking God (10:21). Move away, God will deal with them (Jer. 23). In Ezekiel 34:2-6 God reveals seven things a good pastor-shepherd will do by showing what the bad didn't do, and in Jeremiah 23:4-6 he reveals that under a good pastor-shepherd sheep will be well fed, fear no evil, be not dismayed, and not be lacking. For the Christian, God is clear, “I will set up shepherds over them.” Certainly in Christ we have a Good Shepherd (John 10:11, Psalm22), a Great Shepherd (Heb 13:20, Psalm23), and a soon coming Chief Shepherd (1Peter 5:4, Psalm24), but “the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation.” Not a woman, not a brute, not a charismatic miss-leader, you need a pastor-shepherd, and you need to pray for him. In this day of apostasy he is God's herald of truth.

 

An Essay for week #50 Dec 16, 2018

Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs181216.mp3

Msg in ppt slides at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/msgs/advent_shepherds

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