Verses 3, 4 explain Christ’s coming, His ministry, His passion. God would provide the Good Shepherd Himself. All leaders need to take the admonition about worthless shepherds seriously.
* Almighty God, thank You for Your precepts, Your laws, Your rules, Your commands. Please teach us today.
“Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock!”
This passage highlights the importance God places on good and right church leadership. The weight He gives the actions of those who are installed to lead God’s people.
Under-shepherds working under the will of the Good Shepherd.
Our God is very clear – Shepherds who follow after unjust gain, who pursue their own causes, who take bribes and pervert justice, preying on the weak and elderly, the widow and the orphan – These God despises.
Let us be encouraged to pray for our church leaders, for those who bring to us God’s word each week in corporate-together worship in the presence of our King.
* Father God,
Please uphold the leaders of our church families as they acquit themselves before You.
May they go about their responsibilities in earnest devotion to You, keeping faithful to You and Your commands.
Please restrict the evil of any hidden ravening wolves in our midst.
Please mark us all, whether leaders or not, as people of Your word! That as You write it on our hearts we might be growing toward You, strengthened in Your truth.