Feed My Sheep
John 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus
showed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the
John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than
these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love
thee. He saith unto him,
Feed my lambs.
John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He
saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith
unto him, Feed my
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved
because he said unto him the third time,
Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all
things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him,
Feed my sheep.
Three times Jesus said this
to Peter. Do you think maybe He was making sure the message got
through? After all, a lot of what He'd told them before He was
crucified didn't seem to. Jesus told them over and over that
He was going to be put to death and rise again the third day,
yet it seemed to fall on deaf ears. After He was crucified and
had appeared unto his disciples two times, even Ole
doubting Thomas had put his finger into the wounded hand of
Christ and his hand into His side, and what did Peter and some
of the others do? Peter was the instigator. A total of seven of
the eleven remaining original disciples did this. Judas was
dead. These next few verses tell of what had taken place just
prior to Jesus telling Peter to feed His sheep.
John 20:31 But these are written,
that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and
that believing ye might have life through his name.
John 21:1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to
the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he
John 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas
called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the
sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go
a fishing. They say
unto him, We also go
with thee. They
went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they
John 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the
shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
John 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them,
Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
John 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net
on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast
therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude
John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter,
It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he
girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast
himself into the sea.
John 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they
were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging
the net with fishes.
John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of
coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
John 21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the
fish which ye have now caught.
John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of
great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were
so many, yet was not the net broken.
John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and
dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou?
knowing that it was the Lord.
John 21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and
John 21:14 This is now the third
time that Jesus showed himself to his
disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
Sometimes it seems that I
have to be hit on the head with a stick before anything will
sink in. I guess these Ole boys were the same way. Just what was
it that Jesus was wanting these men to do. Go tell the world
everything you've been witness to concerning HIM.
Mark 16:14 Afterward he
appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them
with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not
them which had seen him after he was risen.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them,
Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature.
I can't help but wonder
sometimes if maybe this wasn't part of the reason Jesus called
Paul to be an apostle. Ole Paul sure didn't dilly dally around.
He went right to work. Went into the world and preached the
Gospel to all that would and wouldn't listen. Don't get me
wrong, all these men did a wonderful job for Jesus and I think
maybe this all happened as an example for us in this latter
time. After all what did Jesus tell doubting Thomas regarding
those of us who never had the opportunity to witness the things
Jesus did? Even Paul didn't witness it. After all we have an old
saying, "Seeing is believing."
John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the
twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto
him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall
see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
John 20:26 And
after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you.
John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas,
Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands;
and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My
Lord and my God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou
hast seen me, thou hast believed:
blessed are they that have not seen,
and yet have believed.
We haven't seen those
things the disciples saw, but we can read it, and some of us have. All these men did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They
went forth and told the world. It's the New Testament portion of
the Holy Bible. In it can be verified the prophecies of the Old
Testament portion which pertain to Jesus, along with other
things God inspired them to write. About that Old saying, "Seeing
is believing"? When I read about these things in the Bible,
in my mind, I can see it all. Some a little cloudy and some very
clear. Reminds me of the Bible verse below.
1 Cor 13:12 For now we see
through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in
part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
In Acts chapter 20, the
apostle Paul makes it clear that those he had taught are to
teach others, (or feed the sheep). Take the time to read
the whole chapter. I have just taken the portion that states, "feed
the church of God." The task of feeding might not always
Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned
to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Acts 20:28 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
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking
perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
In the following verses
Peter tells those he's taught to feed
the flock of God. Be sure to read
chapter four where he tells of the hardships that feeding the
flock can bring.
1 Pet 5:1 The elders which are
among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the
sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be
1 Pet 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;
1 Pet 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock.
1 Pet 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive
a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Let's go back in time. A
time before Jesus walked this earth in the flesh.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of
the Father,) full of grace and truth.
We see from the above two
verses that Jesus was God in the flesh. Did God, (or Jesus), tell
or command anyone before these disciples to feed His
1 Chr 17:6 Wheresoever I have
walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of
Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye
not built me an house of cedars?
In the time of the judges, before we had kings,
the judges were to feed God's
people. Feed them what? The words from God.
Deu 25:1 If there be a controversy
between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may
judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and
condemn the wicked.
If judges were to feed
God's people, what about kings? Well, one was to feed
2 Sam 5:1 Then came all the tribes
of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are
thy bone and thy flesh.
2 Sam 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast
he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to
thee, Thou shalt feed
my people Israel, and thou shalt be a
captain over Israel.
2 Sam 5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron;
and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD:
and they anointed David king over Israel.
King David a preacher? A
prophet? Yes, and also his son Solomon. The book of Acts
declares that King David was a prophet and King Solomon himself
stated that he was a preacher.
Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let
me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both
dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had
sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according
to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Eccl 1:1 The words of the
Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Eccl 1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in
Would this nation, the U.S.A.,
accept a preacher to rule over them today, (2008)??????
A Psalm of David. Unto thee will I cry, O
LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I
become like them that go down into the pit.
Psa 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee,
when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
Psa 28:8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving
strength of his anointed.
Psa 28:9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance:
feed them also, and lift
them up for ever.
Does the above verses have
the ring of any world leader today? At one time we had some.
King David and King Solomon. I guess we'll just have to wait for
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords to have another. Just
a few verses that describes how that will be.
Isa 5:17 Then shall the lambs
feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones
shall strangers eat.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young
ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the
Isa 27:10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the
habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the
calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches
Isa 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem:
thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the
voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This
is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when
ye turn to the left.
Isa 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt
sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and
it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle
feed in large
Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come
with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward
is with him, and his work before him.
Isa 40:11 He shall feed
his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather
the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall
gently lead those that are with young.
Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I
am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a
family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart,
which shall feed you
with knowledge and understanding.
Ezek 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall
even my servant David; he shall feed
them, and he shall be their shepherd.
Ezek 34:24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a
prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
If we're not fed the
proper food, we get sick and sometimes die. Wonder what the
Bible tells us about those that feed, but not from God's
Jer 10:21 For the pastors are
become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they
shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jer 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have
trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a
Jer 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the
sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the
pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and
driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit
upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Ezek 34:2 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
Ezek 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill
them that are fed: but ye feed
not the flock.
Ezek 34:8 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
Ezek 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
Ezek 34:10 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.
The meaning of the word
pastor in the Old Testament.
7462. ra'ah, raw-aw'; a prim. root; to tend a flock, i.e.
pasture it; intrans. to graze (lit. or fig.); gen. to rule; by
extens. to associate with (as a friend):-- X break, companion,
keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a
friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep [sheep]
(-er), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.
The meaning of the word pastor in the New Testament.
4166. poimen, poy-mane'; of uncert. affin.; a shepherd
(lit. or fig.):--shepherd, pastor.
I guess because of some of the pastors described above, some
wont even listen to the good pastors.
Jer 22:21 I spake unto thee in thy
prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been
thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.
Jer 22:22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy
lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed
and confounded for all thy wickedness.
Jesus warns of of false
prophets and tells us how to detect them.
Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
I guess we're to be
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil
fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall
We have to compare what
people, pastors, teachers, etc, say, to God's Word. If what they
say doesn't line up with God's Word, as Jesus said,
What is one of the biggest things to be aware
of in the end time that is told by false prophets? A
misinterpretation of First Thessalonians chapter 4 verses
sixteen and seventeen. The At Any Time Doctrine. God's people
flying outta here.
1 Th 4:16 For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall
1 Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Paul, in his second letter
to them, tried to clear up their misinterpretation of his first
2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you,
brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our
gathering together unto him,
2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither
by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of
Christ is at hand.
2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall
not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of
sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called
God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple
of God, showing himself that he is God.
2 Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you,
I told you these things?
What did Jesus say about
it? His work is done and He's praying to the Father. He's not
just speaking of His disciples but of all that believe, as it
states in John 17:20 below.
John 17:14 I
have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:15 I pray not
that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as
I am not of the world.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth.
John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the
world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
John 17:20 Neither
pray I for these alone, but for them
also which shall believe on me through their word;
shall believe? Shall
indicates future tense. Check it out in Webster's dictionary.
You and I are in the future from the time Jesus prayed these
words. Do you believe on Jesus through their word? Does their
word help you to believe on Jesus?
What does God have to say about it?
Ezek 13:1 And the word of the LORD
came unto me, saying,
Ezek 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel
that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their
own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
Ezek 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets,
that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
Ezek 13:16 To wit, the prophets of
Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions
of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord
Ezek 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the
daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart;
and prophesy thou against them,
Ezek 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that
sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of
every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people,
and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
Ezek 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of
barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should
not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by
your lying to my people that hear your lies?
Ezek 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against
your pillows, wherewith
ye there hunt the souls to make them fly,
and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even
the souls that ye hunt to make them
Hunting souls? .... Make
them fly? ....... Flying outta here?
Jesus warned His disciples. Told them what it
was going to be like in the world. It's no different today.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the
midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as
serpents, and harmless as doves.
Mat 10:17 But beware
of men: for they will deliver you up to
the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before
governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and
Rev 2:10 Fear none of
those things which thou shalt suffer:
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be
tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten
days: be thou faithful unto death, and I
will give thee a crown of life.
When people, preachers,
teachers, etc, try to feed you that fly away doctrine,
Thanks, for allowing me, to share
this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto
In His Word,
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