Shepherd of the Flock

In reading the first part of Jeremiah 23, I came recognized some very significant issues concerning the ministry.

Jeremiah 23:1-4 (NIV):

  1. “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.
  2. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD.
  3. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.
  4. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

Questions:

  1. What is the primary jobĀ  of a shepherd?
  2. Does a true shepherd coose the job?
  3. Who gathers up the lost sheep?
  4. Who is responsible for the sheep being driven away?
  5. What is needed for the sheep to be complete?

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About Ray

Ray Waldo is a retired pastor with a passion for sharing knowledge, understanding and (if possible), wisdom with everyone he meets. Prior to his retirement, Ray served as a local pastor and teacher to five different churches in two states. He also served as a short-term missionary, teacher, and crusade speaker to groups in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo (while Congo was still in conflict). Ray is also a widely recognized teacher, writer and public speaker. He was the top-billed speaker to groups of over 10,000 people when he visited Africa. He is currently writing two books (online) that he expects to be published within the next two years.

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