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February 17, 2004

Thought For Today

17-Feb-2004

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

Jeremiah 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.

Jeremiah 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.

Jeremiah 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.

The scriptures above should be of great concern to every christian, especially the pastors. Jeremiah 23:1 Is Gods way of letting the pastors know that if they scatter and destroy his flock, they are in big trouble! In Jeremiah 10:21 The scripture tells us that when a pastor becomes brutish (Stupid) he will make decisions without seeking the Lord first, and when this happens he will not prosper, and the congregation will scatter. Jeremiah 10:21 Is not talking about prospering as in money, or things, but it mean to prosper in the ways of the LORD. God's plan for his church is to grow, if there be a congregation that does not grow but instead only changes faces, (Scatters) that church has a pastor that does not prosper in the ways of God, and has become brutish. Jeremiah 23:2 Is warning the brutish pastors what will happen if they continue to scatter the flock by their petty self-righteous arrogance, pride, greed, lust, envy, and lying spirits. Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. God says in Jeremiah 23:2 "behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. I would not want to be the one God is saying that to! I think some pastors have lost touch with what is really important in God's work. I think they have lost the fear of what awaits them if they disobey the word of God. Should someone turn away from God because a pastor shows favoritism, becomes lustful, or does anything that is out of the will of God, then that pastor will have their blood on his hands, that pastor will stand before God and answer for what he has done! Every pastor should consider the end result of any decision before they make it, and they should look to God for guidance before making decisions that concern the (flock) congregation. Jeremiah 23:3 Is telling us that God will gather his flock together after they have been scattered, and they will be fruitful, and increase. Jeremiah 23:4 Tells us that God will appoint shepherds (pastors) over the flocks (congregations) that will give them the true word of God without any spirits of arrogance, pride, greed, lust, envy, or lying. There will be pastors (shepherds) over the congregation (flock) that does not show favoritism toward certain members of the congregation (flock). If you are witnessing this with your pastor, fear not, but read Jeremiah 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. And believe!

Tim V.