Who is emphatically the
"I [Jesus Christ] am the
good Shepherd." John 10:11.
To what extent did Christ
sacrifice for the sheep?
"The good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." John
Will false shepherds do
"The hireling fleeth because he is a hireling, and careth not for the
sheep." John 10:13. "They are shepherds that cannot understand: they
all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter." Isa.
Will the true shepherd
see that the sheep are provided with food?
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the
which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which
He hath purchased with His own blood." Acts 20:28. See also 1 Peter 5:2.
With what kind of food
will he feed the flock?
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach
the word." 2 Tim. 4:1, 2. (See also Rev. 10:9, 10 and Eze. 2:8, Eze.
Will the true shepherd
set a good example to the flock?
"In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works." Titus
Will he warn the sheep of
"O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel;
therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me." Eze.
What does the Lord say to
the watchman or shepherd who does not warn the wicked?
"If thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked
man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine
hand." Eze. 33:8.
What does our Saviour
call false shepherds?
"Let them alone, they be blind leaders of the blind." Matt.
Do such warn the flock of
"His watchmen are blind, that are all ignorant, they are all dumb
dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber." Isa.
56:10. "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of My people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jer. 6:14.
Has the Lord given us
another means by which to distinguish between true and false shepherds?
"To the law and to the testimony; if
they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in
them." Isa. 8:20. "For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they
should seek the law at his mouth... But ye are departed out of the way: ye
have caused many to stumble at the law." Mal. 2:7, 8.
Will the shepherds who
are unfaithful give to the flock the sense of those prophecies relating to
"the time of the end" (Dan. 12:14)?
"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that
is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying Read this, I
pray thee: and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed." Isa. 29:11.
Read also verses 13-16.
Was there to come a time
when people would not listen to Bible truth?
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
unto fables." 2 Tim. 4:3, 4.
Will such like to have
plain words spoken to them?
"Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy
unto us deceits." Isa. 30:10.
What does the Lord say
further concerning false shepherds?
"My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go
astray; they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from
mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place." Jer. 50:6.
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say
unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds: Woe be to the shepherds
of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye
eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool: ye kill them that are fed, but ye
feed not the flock." Eze. 34:2, 3. "As I live, saith the Lord God,
surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to every beast
of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for
My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My flock, therefore, a
ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am
against the shepherds; and I will require My flock at their hand, and cause them
to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any
more, for I will deliver My flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat
for them. For thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I, even I, will both searth My
sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he
is among his sheep that are scattered, so will I seek out My sheep, and will
deliver them out of all places where they had been scattered in the cloudy and
dark day." Eze. 34:8-12.
What is to be the future
of those who "add unto" or "take away from " the words of
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the
plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book
of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
book." Rev. 22:18, 19. "Howl, ye shepherds, and cry: and wallow
yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock; for the days of your
slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a
pleasant vessel, and the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal
of the flock to escape. A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a howling of
the principal of the flock, shall be heard; for the Lord hath spoiled their
pasture, and the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger
of the Lord." Jer. 25:34-37.
What promise has Peter
left on record for faithful shepherds?
"And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of
glory that fadeth not away." 1 Peter 5:4.