|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #1949 Shepherds as Heralds
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
It is no coincidence that God sent angels to notify mere shepherds about his Only Begotten Son, wrapped in swaddling clothes. He could have sent them to the High-Priest of the Hebrews, the only religion holding his Word and the Truth. He could have sent them to the religious Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes or Lawyers who made themselves spokesmen for his Truth. He did not. Sheep and shepherds hold a high regard in the God's economy. He was sending the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the World (John 1:29,36,Rev 5:12), and that Lamb would be the Good, Great, and Chief Shepherd (John 10:11,Psalm22, Heb13:20,Psalm23, 1Pet5:4,Pslam24). Shepherds, herdsmen, keepers of sheep who led sheep into “pasture” came to be called “pastors” and in God's economy every Christian needs a good pastor. God said to Israel, “Let the LORD... set a man over the congregation,... that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd” (Num27:16-17). There are far to many sheep without a good shepherd over them today. Shepherds of Luke 2 were keeping watch over their flock by night (as is done in the spring lambing season) when they said, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” They had time, curiosity, and initiative to investigate Godly things, and they were “networked-in” to became effective heralds of Christ's arrival. Your pastor needs those same qualities, and more. Ezekiel 34:2-6 gives seven things expected of good pastors starting with, “should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” Sheep with a good pastor are well fed, fear no evil, are not dismayed, and can say “I shall not want.” Pray for your pastor and/or get yourself under a good pastor.
An Essay for week #49 Dec 8, 2019
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs191208.mp3
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