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The Shepherd or Lead Sheep

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand [lead sheep], since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me … (John 10:11-14).

Over the years, one by one, prominent leaders in the Body of Messiah – Christian, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Messianic, Hebrew Roots, Torah Observant – ‘fall from grace’ because of a lack of integrity.   Generally this lack of integrity comes from the sin of not combining faith and obedience to God’s commandments along with preaching a saving grace rather  than empowering grace to overcome sin.  What I have consistently witnessed are those who follow manmade, self-proclaimed shepherds end up angry, hurt, bitter, frustrated, and most especially judgmental.  Where there should be grace and mercy, there is murder or ‘death by the law.’

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if each believer understood the new covenant is about the Spirit of God changing the human heart from stone to flesh so that it could worship God the way He desires. Yeshua said to the woman at the well, ‘true worshippers will worship in Spirit and in Truth’ not in some Nicolaitan setting.  Nicolaitan means ‘one who conquers the people’.  This system puts a human intermediary, a clergy person, between the individual and God.  According to Revelation 2:6, Yeshua hates this system!

There will always be those who desire to follow an earthly shepherd rather than The Shepherd.  That is human nature’s lack of faith in their heavenly Father and the promise of His Kingdom.  Israel made the same mistake.   They wanted an earthly king and got what they asked for in King Saul.  He was not a man after God’s heart.  He became arrogant and thought his ways were better than God’s.  God likened his sin to divination and witchcraft!  God removed His Spirit from Saul and without the Spirit, he was directed and controlled by an evil spirit that could only be soothed through the music of a shepherd boy named David.  

When we seek out men to guide us, especially those who do not emit the Spirit of God in their walk, we will always be led astray because there was only one man, the Son of man, who taught the Scriptures correctly. With integrity, he  lived according to the  instructions of his Father the way they were intended. He didn’t allow man’s interpretations to dilute the the truth of the Word.

It is difficult to come out from under the teachings and control of earthly shepherds, but according to The Shepherd, only the true sheep hear and follow his voice.   He doesn’t lead anyone into pits that bring hurt and pain. He doesn’t guide people into lies and sin.  The Shepherd leads those who follow him on paths of righteousness that bring healing, peace, and joy.

Our family stepped out many years ago from under the institution of church and shepherds who transformed God into their image. It was the most difficult step we have ever taken in our 30-year faith walk.   We were persecuted, judged, and scorned by those who called themselves Christians as well as by the shepherds who quenched the Spirit. We were told by some that because we had ‘left the fellowship,’ there could be no more communication.

We had to stand by faith in what we knew was a call of God and  stop fearing man shepherds or lead sheep.  We had to step out, put our feet in the symbolic Jordan River and allow God to part it.  With each step, we crossed over, ever closer into the Promised Land. With each step of faith, the Spirit of God illuminated more Truth.

For those who feel violated by the lies of lead sheep, the deceptions of leaders, simply repent and turn back to God.   He provided through the blood of His Son a renewed covenant that would return His people to Him.  He will  write His commandments the your heart without the intervention of lawless theologians and torah terrorists.  Set aside all anger and bitterness and allow God to judge these leaders.  They will stand before God and receive judgment. Sha’ul says to live and ‘run’ so as to receive the rewards and the crowns in the eternal Kingdom of God.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely” (James 3:1).

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