The Cruel Shepherds

 The Cruel Shepherds

 

The Cruel Shepherds

There are many shepherds that are very cruel, the word of God speaks much about shepherds who are very wicked and cruel.

Cruel shepherds are shepherds who doesn't properly care for the flock or the church, and God is seriously against all cruel shepherds.

Jeremiah 48:10

Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

There are so many shepherds, pastors or leaders of the church that takes advantage of the Shepherds to do some many evil which is against God.

The word of God compared an ostrich to cruel leaders or shepherds, which is how the book of Job best describes a bad leader, shepherd, parent or caretaker.

 

 Job 39:13-17

[13]Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

[14]Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

[15]And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

[16]She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

[17]Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

 

Verse 13 The wings and feathers of Ostriches are very attractive. It has different colours.

So we may have leaders or Shepherds who may be very attractive in appearance but might be having the attitude of an ostrich.

The behavior of the Ostrich (verse 14-16);

 

1. Carelessness

"Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them."

 

There are so many shepherds, pastors or church leaders that are very careless, they don't really care for the sheep by being ignorant of how well their sheep or flock are doing.

They leave the lives of the sheep for them and does not care whether their sheep or young ones has fully developed the faith in the Lord.  

They forget that if they leave them Satan, demons and evil may come upon them and steal them from the faith.

The wild beast or the foot represents Satan and his people, they are predators unto them and so when you leave them somewhere whiles they have not develop stronger faith in the Lord or without them being matured this is what will happen unto them.

Anytime you decide to give something else much more attention than caring for the sheep, all the sheep God has given to your trust will scatter and the Lord will ask of you.

 

Ezekiel 34:6-8

My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

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;

 

Cruel Shepherds don't search for the lost because they don't care about them much.

Cruel Shepherds scatters the sheep with their behavior of wickedness, anger, pride or profane words.

 

Cruel Shepherds always feed themselves and forget to feed the sheep and so the sheep are not able to grow well in the faith and thence they get lost by going to the world and doing what is worldly things.

So as a shepherd you must know that even if you study the word and understand it and you don't teach and preach your people, they will go astray and thence the Lord will ask you.

 

Some pastors are so concerned about the money to get from the church and they forget to take care of the sheep. It's a curse as the word of God says.

 

Nahum 3:18

[18]Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and  no man gathereth them.

 

They really sleep, they are always eating and sleeping without visiting the sheep. It is very very easy for Satan to snatch the flock from your hand when he first get hold of you.

 

Some really loves eating than fasting, they love arguing than praying and studying to show themselves approved so Satan has also come to their vineyard to destroy their works. When you lack the prayer life and the sobriety lifestyle you cannot travail to prosper in the tending your flocks.

 

Jeremiah 10:21

[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.

 

Many lack fasting and prayer life, they don't ask of the Lord anything, remember when you pray unto the Lord, He gets the opportunity to also do your heart desires for you, because some are not praying they are facing difficulties and they have turned their own way of tending the flocks which is against the Lord.

 

 2. Selfishness And Greediness

 

She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

 

Some are very wicked, treating the sheep with cruelty with hardened heart as if they are not into their care.

 

 

 

Ezekiel 34:2

[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 the flocks?

 

They don't have time to feed the sheep what they need of them is sowing seeds, asking members who are even poor to buy care for them, everyday asking for help, money and things that will make their life more better without even thinking about the poor and weak ones.

 

There are some Shepherds if you are not rich, popular or a type of person they really like, they will never come to you, they refuse to visit you because they know if they come to you they will not get anything in return.

 

We have Shepherds that  have no compassion. You must have compassion for the members, for the only soul or souls God has entrusted into your care.

 

 

 

Matthew 9:36

[36]But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

 

Many ministers are like lion, they don't allow others to come to them. They have made themselves so higher to the extent that even the least one cannot approach them with ease.

If you are a shepherd and you behave like a lion, no one will like to come to you because they will fear you.

 

How can a man with a lion heart lead sheep? You may rather exploit and consume them when you feel angry and hungry.

 

 Isaiah 56:11

[11]Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

 

When they even see you in need they careless, they only flow with the rich people in the church.  

 

Lamentations 4:3-4.  [3]Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. [4]The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

There are shepherds when their members calls or WhatsApp them in terms of need, they may see it but will not attend to them, it will tick blue and they will not mind them. This is stupidity! Since God will use you to deliver His sheep from difficulties, the anointing He has given you is not for your own benefits but to edify the church or his sheep. If a member of your flock calls you repeatedly asking for assistance—perhaps they are sick, in trouble, or in need of your prayers—and you don't pick up the phone or reply to WhatsApp messages, they will assume you don't care about them and will leave.

Regardless of where you are shepherding, whether it be in a denomination, church, or over a group of people you have won as souls, you must be selfless toward them and be there for them when they are in need because you are a servant, and you have been a caretaker to them.

I remember being the prayer secretary in my denomination when I was in S.H.S., and they treated me as if I were the president because of how I smiled with everyone. I was free with them all, even those who were not my own members; I encouraged them, asked for their opinions, and they will ask for mine, and as we finished school, most of them got my number and we are now WhatsApping because of my good relationship them.

1 Peter 5:3

[3]Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

 

You don't have to be as you own the sheep or the flock, you are not be Lord over them because the chief shepherd is there which is Jesus Christ and He shall judge all shepherds according to their works.

They all belong to God, be a servant as God has called you to be and be example unto them in faith not demanding always and become dictatorial or overbearing leaders or Shepherds.

 

3. Lack of Knowledge and Understanding

Bad shepherds lack understanding and knowledge. Without knowledge there is no understanding and without understanding there's no relevant knowledge which will  make you live as wise.

When a shepherd is void of wisdom, he will maltreat the flock or sheep because he doesn't know they are in his charge to equip them into holiness.

 People who don't know scatters.

Verse 17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

 

They are void of wisdom and have no understanding!

 

All these practices of the bad shepherds are as a result of lack of wisdom and

understanding.

 

Isaiah 56:10-11

[10]His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

[11]Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

 

Imagine a shepherd leading sheep without knowing how to feed the flock, how to guide them to a pasture, how to give them a good care and treat them when they are sick.

Most of the sheep will die out of their hands because they don't know how to care for them.

 

 

3. They Are Pretenders And Hypocrite

 

I have seen many Pastors or shepherds who like pretending. As a shepherd you have to let your yes be your yes and no be your no than disguising yourself to people so that they will praise you and do things that goes contrary to the word of God in chambers.

Another common sign of a bad shepherd is a shepherd who pretends to love, care, be good teacher and knows.

 

Matthew 23:3

[3]All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

 

They are very hypocrite in the sense that they are not example unto what they preach but rather let their lifestyle speak against what the word of God says.

 

They can reveal the laws of old unto and lay them as a load upon you but they themselves cannot bear it.  

 

They really love speaking about laws but they acts contrary.

Matthew 23:4

[4]For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

 

Matthew 23:5

[5]But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

 

 

 

4. Lovers Of Position And Power Corrupt

 

Matthew 23:6-7

[6]And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

[7]And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

 

Bad shepherds or pastors always love positions, they want to be called names on the street, everywhere and even does things that pleases the worldly people that they may attract good names from them.

 

It is never bad to get a good name or become a leader but for this people, they don't care doing what goes contrary to the word of God in order to disguise themselves to the people in the world and even those in the church so that he can be pleased and be given good name.

 

Some want fame, they don't care coming out to speak arrogantly, if you don't mention their names without adding their titles, they will become furious and may not like you.

 
5. Preachers And Teachers Of Bad Doctrines

 

Matthew 23:16-17

[16]Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

[17]Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 

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