“Shepherd the flock of God.”

 SheepPaths       

Shepherds in the New Testament

Luke 2:8… keep watch by night.
Luke 2:17-18… announce the coming of the Savior, Messiah.
John 10:1-5… a shepherd enters by the Door.
John 10:11-13… lays down his life for the sheep.
Matthew 25:32… separates the sheep from the goats.
Acts 15:1-6… examined a doctrinal matter with the apostles and brethren.
Acts 15:22… participates in consensus.
Acts 16:4… shares in decision-making regarding spiritual matters.
Acts 20:17… receives instruction and testimony.
Acts 21:18… receives reports.
James 6:14… prays for the sick.
I Peter 5:1-3… as examples to the flock.
Acts 20:28… those Jesus Christ purchased with His own blood.





FINAL CALL: “one flock with one shepherd”
   Winter Days


 SheepPaths    

“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but the one who forsakes reproof goes astray.”
[Proverbs 10:17]
“For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have turned back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”
[I Peter 2:25]
“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him [planted together] in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self-man was crucified together with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with [rendered inoperative], that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”
[Romans 6:4-7]
“It is written, Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Therefore be carefully [accurately] observing how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
[Ephesians 5:14-17]
“Where there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For whenever anyone says, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, will that one not be found as fleshly?”
[I Corinthians 3:3-4]
“for we walk by faith, not by sight”
[II Corinthians 5:7]
“Now I Paul myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, --- I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! I ask that when I am present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I purpose to be courageous against any who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not engaging this war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations [reckonings] and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought [apprehension] captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish [avenge] all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
[II Corinthians 10:1-6]
“For we are His workmanship; His poem, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
[Ephesians 2:10]
“I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer as those of the nations are walking, in the futility [vanity] of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, in greed have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice [vocation] of every kind of impurity. But you did not learn Christ in this way.”
[Ephesians 4:17-20]
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children; and be walking in love, just as Christ also loves you, and gave Himself up for us.”
[Ephesians 5:1-2]
“Walk as children of light -- for the fruit of the light/Spirit consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth -- ready to test and learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”
[Ephesians 5:8-10]
“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.”
[Galatians 5:16]
“Join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern [model] you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite [self], and whose glory is in their shame, who have set their minds on earthly things -- while our citizenship [inheritance] is in heaven.”
[Philippians 3:17-19]
“Walk worthily of the Lord, to please Him always, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the realization [eminent knowledge] of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who makes us competent to share in the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivers us out of the domain [jurisdiction] of darkness, and transports us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood and the pardon of sins.”
[Colossians 1:10-14]
“For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, be walking in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established [confirmed] in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
[Colossians 2:5-8]
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and are not practicing [doing] the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we are having fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.”
[I John 1:6-7]
“The one who loves his brother is abiding in the light and there is no cause for stumbling [a snare] in him/it. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness blinds his eyes.”
[I John 2:10-11]
“Fondness of money is a root of all evils, and some by longing for it were led astray from the faith, and try themselves on all sides with much pain. But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, devoutness to God, faith, love, perseverance and meekness.”
[I Timothy 6:10-11]
“For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one Husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deludes Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray -- corrupted from the singleness and purity in Christ.”
[II Corinthians 11:2-3]
“guard what has been entrusted to you, turning aside from common worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge --- which some have professed, and thus they swerve from the faith.”
[I Timothy 6:20-21]
“My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the deception of his way will be saving his soul from death and covering a multitude of sins.”
[James 5:19-20]
“Be persuaded by your leaders, and be deferring to them as they be vigilant for the sake of your souls, as having to render an account.”
[Hebrews 13:17]
“A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.”
[Proverbs 21:16]


Shepherds Caveat

“O My people! Your oppressors are children, and women rule over you. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray, and confuse the direction of your paths.”
[Isaiah 2:12]
“His watchmen are blind, all of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark; dreamers lying down, who love to slumber; and the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his unjust gain, to the last one. Come, they say, let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; and tomorrow will be like today, only more so.
[Isaiah 56 ]
Return, O faithless sons, declares the LORD; For I am a master to you, and I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”
[Jeremiah 3:14-15]
“Woe is me, because of my injury! My wound is incurable. But I said, Truly this is a sickness, and I must bear it. My tent is destroyed, and all my ropes are broken; my sons have gone from me and are no more. There is no one to stretch out my tent again or to set up my curtains. For the shepherds have become stupid and have not sought the LORD; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.”
[Jeremiah 10:19-21]
“Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard, they have trampled down My field; they have made My pleasant field a desolate wilderness. It has been made a desolation; Desolate, it mourns before Me. The whole land has been made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.”
[Jeremiah 12:10-11]
Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!, declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD G_d of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds, declares the LORD. Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing, declares the LORD.”
[Jeremiah 23:1-4]
“My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; they have gone along from mountain to hill and have forgotten their resting place. All who came upon them have devoured them; and their adversaries have said, We are not guilty, inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the habitation of righteousness; even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
[Jeremiah 50:6-7]
“Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel Prophesy and say to those shepherds, Thus says the Lord G_D, Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As I live, declares the Lord G_D, surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord G_D, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them. For thus says the Lord G_D, Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest, declares the Lord G_D. I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy I will feed them with judgment. As for you, My flock, thus says the Lord G_D, Behold, I will judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats. Is it too slight a thing for you that you should feed in the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? Or that you should drink of the clear waters, that you must foul the rest with your feet? As for My flock, they must eat what you tread down with your feet and drink what you foul with your feet! Therefore, thus says the Lord G_D to them, Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and with shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns until you have scattered them abroad, therefore, I will deliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another. Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken. I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid. I will establish for them a renowned planting place, and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nations anymore. Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people, declares the Lord G_D. As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God, declares the Lord G_D.”
[Ezekiel 34:1-31]
“There is a sound of the shepherds' wail, for their glory in ruined; there is a sound of the lions' roar, for the pride of the Jordan is ruined. Thus says the Lord my God: Pasture the flock doomed to slaughter. Those who buy them slay them and go unpunished, and each of those who sell them says, Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich! And their own shepherds have no pity on them.”
[Zechariah 11:3-5]
“And the Lord said to me, Take again for yourself the equipment of a foolish shepherd. For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hoofs. Woe to the worthless shepherd who leaves the flock! A sword will be on his arm and on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered, and his right eye will be blind.
[Zechariah 11:15-17]
“He who leads the upright astray in an evil way will himself fall into his own pit”
[Proverbs 28:10]
A shepherd-overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, temperate, prudent, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled and not self-willed, respectable, not accused of dissipation or rebellion, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious; but gentle, uncontentious, loving what is good, free from the love of money, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able to both exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain.) He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (if a man does not know to manage his own household, how will he be ready to take care for the church of God?); and not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Servants likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as servants of they are beyond reproach.
[from Timothy & Titus]

seek the one straying
“He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd -- who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the sheep.”
[John 10:12-13]