(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 46: What Should Preachers Know About Jeremiah 23?
Peace be unto you. What should Preachers know about Jeremiah 23? Let it be written that we declare that those that come preaching the word should heed every word written by the Prophet Jeremiah noted in Chapter 23.
Meanwhile very seldom if ever do Preachers take a sermon from this chapter. Although most Preachers flee from Revelation some do make mention of some chapters are verses. However the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah seems to be shunned by those in the ministry. Why?
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing and humble slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 9 September 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Jeremiah was one of the most important prophets if not the most important historically. He was born in the middle years of the seventh century before Christ. His birth coincided with the time the reformer Josiah was born. He began to preach in 627 BC. He soon found out he would render a sad message but not one without hope.
Jeremiah means YAHWEH establishes. He is often called the weeping Prophet, because his message was one of gloom and destruction. As Almighty God YAHWEH is our witness and judge we (FreedomJournal) come with a message that is often looked upon as sad, filled with gloom and the damnation of the wicked.
As we view success and the time of Jeremiah his success was noted in his consistent message regardless of who stood against him. He was imprisoned, taken to Egypt against his will, thrown into a well, rejected by his neighbors, his family, rejected by the false priests and prophets, friends left him. Throughout his ministry he stood alone. However God never left him because Jeremiah stayed with God.
Brethren we (FreedomJournal) don’t claim to be Prophets for they have passed and gone. However we do declare that we stand alone as did this great Prophet. We will also continue to preach and teach the essence of the New Covenant and the hell and damnation that will come to the false teachers.
Jeremiah 23: 1: “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Saith the Lord (Also see Isaiah 56: 9-12).
For the record Pastor (Also see Jeremiah 2:8) refers to the men in the Jewish nation whose special work was to give instruction to the people. Pastor refers to tending a flock, generally to rule. The original :( RAAH) has been rendered by various words in the Old Testament, but the Book of Jeremiah is the only one that has the word Pastor.
We also note that the spiritual telescope of the writer extends to include and hold the contemporary Pastors accountable for what is written here. These words were not only for the Jews.
As we continue our discussion we will often refer to Priests and Pastors interchangeably? However both Pastor and Priests mean the same thing. . This was true all during the time of the Old Law. So Pastor/Priests are those (verse 1) who feeds the flock figuratively or literally. The Bible reveals (Leviticus 10: 8-11; Deuteronomy 17: 9-11; Malachi 2:7), that the Priest was expected to give spiritual food or knowledge to the people.
However the Prophets were to give any special messages that the Lord regarded necessary at times. But here in vese1 Jeremiah reveals as willed by Almighty God that the Priests/Pastors, Prophets neglected their duties and used their positions for personal gain. Thus, the Lord accuses them of scattering the sheep and threatens woe upon them.
Brethren does any of this scripture relate to the contemporary Pastors? Do they use the ministry for personal (economic) gain? Just why do you think there is a die-hard insistence in teaching the Tithing Law that was removed by Jesus Christ and the New Covenant? Follow the Word of God with us and find out.
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