Saturday, June 25 2011
The Twenty-Third Psalm is about how God's "sheep," while under the care of a good shepherd, have nothing to fear - from predators, or from the shepherd.
"23:1 A Psalm of David.
The English word "pastor" is a direct derivative of pasture, a place where sheep live and are tended. Just as there are "good shepherds," such as described above, so too there are those who look only to being "lords over God's heritage" for "filthy lucre." They have no concern for the sheep, only for themselves.
"5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (1 Peter 5:2-4 KJV)
"The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep"
A parent will fiercely defend their child against anything or anyone that seeks to cause it harm. So too, the reason that a true shepherd of God's flock will defend them with his life is because the flock is his life, whereas "he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep." A "hireling" shepherd's interests and priorities are elsewhere.
"10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
A prime Biblical example of a "hireling shepherd" was Diotrephes, a pastor who actually drove some of the good sheep out of the pasture, while abusing those who remained under his "authority" (see also Firing The Founder).
"1:1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
Fact Finder: When and how is the Messiah, our Shepherd, going to separate "the sheep from the goats"?
This Day In History, June 25
253: Pope Cornelius was beheaded.
841: Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated Lothar at Fontenay.
1080: A council of bishops at Brixen declared Pope Gregory to be deposed and Archbishop Guibert as antipope Clement III (see Antipopes).
1530: The Augsburg Confession, the official Lutheran statement of faith, written by Melanchthon and endorsed by Luther, was presented.
1580: The Book of Concord, a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church, was first published.
1741: Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned Queen of Hungary.
1870: Queen Isabella of Spain abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII.
1876: At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sioux Indians led by Chief Crazy Horse defeated the U.S. 7th Cavalry led by George Custer. Custer died along with his company of 264 men in what was known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1938: Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first President of the Irish Republic.
1945: The Charter of the United Nations was unanimously adopted.
1948: After Soviet forces in East Germany cut off overland access to West Berlin, U.S. and British planes began the "Berlin Airlift" which lasted until September 30 1949.
1950: North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
1975: Mozambique became independent after 477 years of Portuguese rule.
1997: An unmanned cargo ship crashed into the Russian space station Mir, causing extensive damage to the station but causing no injury to the 2 Russian cosmonauts and 1 U.S. astronaut aboard.
1997: Jacques-Yves Cousteau died at age 87. The French oceanographer was the co-inventor of SCUBA (an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving tanks and the producer of many popular books and television productions.