"All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them. " John 10:8

Shepherds through scripture

Jesus tells Peter,

Jesus tells Peter, "Feed my sheep." Statues by Kinneret, Israel

Why did Jesus call himself the good shepherd?

Who were the bad shepherds?

Chasing up the links in scripture

Gen 48:15   Then he blessed Yosef: "The God in whose presence my fathers Avraham and Yitz'chak lived, the God who has been my own shepherd all my life long to this day,

Num 27:17   to go out and come in ahead of them, to lead them out and bring them in, so that Adonai's community will not be like sheep without a shepherd."

1Sa 17:40   Then he took his stick in his hand and picked five smooth stones from the riverbed, putting them in his shepherd's bag, in his pouch. Then, with his sling in his hand, he approached the P'lishti.

1Ch 11:2   In the past, even when Sha'ul was king, it was you who led Isra'el's military campaigns; and Adonai your God said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Isra'el, and you will be chief over my people Isra'el.' "

1Ch 17:6   Everywhere I traveled with all Isra'el, did I ever speak a word to any of the judges of Isra'el, whom I ordered to shepherd my people Isra'el, asking, "Why haven't you built me a cedar-wood house?" '

Psa 23:1   [ A psalm of David: ] (the LORD) is my shepherd; I lack nothing.

Psa 78:71   from tending nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Ya`akov his people, Isra'el his heritage.

Psa 80:1   [ For the leader. Set to "Lilies." A testimony. A psalm of Asaf: ] Shepherd of Isra'el, listen! You who lead Yosef like a flock, you whose throne is on the k'ruvim, shine out!

Isa 40:11   He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering his lambs with his arm, carrying them against his chest, gently leading the mother sheep."

Jer 23:2   Therefore this is what Adonai, the God of Isra'el, says against the shepherds who shepherd my people: "You have scattered my flock, driven them away and not taken care of them. So I will 'take care of' you because of your evil deeds," says Adonai.

Jer 23:4   I will appoint shepherds over them who will shepherd them; then they will no longer be afraid or disgraced; and none will be missing," says Adonai.

Jer 31:9   Nations, hear the word of Adonai! Proclaim it in the coastlands far away. Say: "He who scattered Isra'el is gathering him, guarding him like a shepherd his flock."

Jer 43:12   I will light a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he will burn [ those gods ] or take them captive. He will fold up the land of Egypt like a shepherd folding up his cloak, and leave there victorious.

Eze 34:8   "As I live," Adonai Elohim swears, "because my sheep have become prey, my sheep have become food for every wild animal, since there was no shepherd, since my shepherds didn't look for my sheep, and instead my shepherds fed themselves but not my sheep,"

Eze 34:12   Just as a shepherd looks after his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so I will look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark.

Eze 34:23   " 'I will raise up one shepherd to be in charge of them, and he will let them feed—my servant David. He will pasture them and be their shepherd.

Eze 37:24   My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd; they will live by my rulings and keep and observe my regulations.

Mic 7:14   Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, who live alone, like a forest in the middle of a fertile pasture. Let them feed in Bashan and Gil`ad, as they did in days of old.

Zec 10:2   For the household gods talk nonsense, the diviners have seen a lie; their dreams convey delusions, and the comfort they offer is in vain. Therefore they go their way like sheep in distress from lack of a shepherd.

Zec 11:7    So I shepherded the flock for slaughter, truly the most miserable of the sheep; and I took two staffs for myself. I called the one No`am [ pleasantness ], the other I called Hovalim [ bound together ], and I shepherded the flock.

Zec 11:8    "In a single month I got rid of three shepherds, because I grew impatient with them; and besides, they detested me.

Zec 11:9    I said, 'I'm not going to shepherd you. Whichever one is going to die, let it die; whichever is going to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and the rest can all devour each other.' "

Zec 11:10    I took my staff No'am and snapped it in two, "in order to break my covenant, which I made with all the peoples." On that day when it was broken, the most miserable of the sheep who paid attention to me knew that this was indeed a message from Adonai.  I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; if not, don't." So they weighed out my wages, thirty silver [ shekels, that is, twelve ounces ]. Concerning that "princely sum" at which they valued me, Adonai said, "Throw it into the treasury!" So I took the thirty silver [ shekels ] and threw them into the treasury in the house of Adonai.

Zec 11:15   Adonai said to me, "This time, take the equipment of a worthless shepherd. For I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who won't bother about the ones who have been destroyed, won't seek out the young, won't heal the broken and won't feed those standing still; on the contrary, he will eat the meat of the fat ones and break their hoofs in pieces. "Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the sheep! May a sword strike his arm and his right eye. May his arm be completely withered and his right eye totally blinded."

Zec 13:7   "Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me," says Adonai-Tzva'ot. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the young ones.

Eze 20:35    And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.   And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant : And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mat 2:6   'And you, Beit-Lechem in the land of Y'hudah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Y'hudah; for from you will come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Isra'el.' "

Mat 9:36   When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Mat 25:32   All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. ( Not separating nations, but people)

Mat 26:31   Yeshua then said to them, "Tonight you will all lose faith in me, as the Tanakh says, 'I will strike the shepherd dead, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'

Joh 10:11   "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Joh 10:12   The hired hand, 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.

Joh 10:14   I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me—

Joh 10:16   Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Joh 21:16   A second time he said to him, "Shim`on Bar-Yochanan, do you love me?" He replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I'm your friend." He said to him, "Shepherd my sheep."

Act 20:28   "Watch out for yourselves, and for all the flock in which the Ruach HaKodesh has placed you as leaders, to shepherd God's Messianic community, which he won for himself at the cost of his own Son's blood.

1Pe 2:25   For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd, who watches over you.

1Pe 5:2   shepherd the flock of God that is in your care, exercising oversight not out of constraint, but willingly, as God wants; and not out of a desire for dishonest gain, but with enthusiasm;

Rev 7:17   "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them, will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."

If you follow this thread through scripture, you will notice how the references start with God being the shepherd of His people and then moves to the people charged to shepherd God's people. Then we see God's condemnation of those entrusted to be shepherds but failing in their task.

Finally, we see the Good Shepherd - Yeshua the Messiah, and it is obvious that this title distinguishes him from the leaders of Israel and their transgressions. Jesus was not condemning the Judges and Prophets who came before him, but the corrupt leaders against whom the prophets spoke.


Posted 10/02/18

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