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Demonstration 10 (Of Pastors)

1.Pastorsaresetovertheflock,andgivethesheepthefoodoflife.Whosoeveriswatchful,andtoils
inbehalfofhissheep,iscarefulforhisflock,andisthediscipleofourGoodShepherd,whogave
HimselfinbehalfofHissheep.John10:11,sqAndwhosoeverbringsnotbackhisflockcarefully,is
likenedtothehirelingwhohasnocareforthesheep.Belike,OPastors,tothoserighteousPastors
ofold.JacobfedthesheepofLaban,andguardedthemandtoiledandwaswatchful,andso
receivedthereward.ForJacobsaidtoLaban:Lo!TwentyyearsamIwithyou.Yoursheepand
yourflocksIhavenotrobbedandthemalesofyoursheepIhavenoteaten.Thatwhichwas
brokenIdidnotbringuntoyou,butyourequireditatmyhands!Inthedaytimetheheat
devouredmeandthecoldbynight.Genesis31:38,40Mysleepdepartedfrommyeyes.Observe,
youPastors,thatPastor,howhecaredforhisflock.Heusedtowatchinthenighttimetoguardit
andwasvigilantandheusedtotoilinthedaytimetofeedit.AsJacobwasapastor,soJosephwas
apastorandhisbrethrenwerepastors.Moseswasapastor,andDavidalsowasapastor.SoAmos
wasapastor.Theseallwerepastorswhofedthesheepandledthemwell.

2.Now,why,mybeloved,didthesepastorsfirstfeedthesheep,andwerethenchosentobepastors
ofmen?Clearlythattheymightlearnhowapastorcaresforhissheep,andiswatchfulandtoilsin
behalfofhissheep.Andwhentheyhadlearnedthemannersofpastors,theywerechosenforthe
pastoraloffice.JacobfedthesheepofLabanandtoiledandwasvigilantandledthemwelland
thenhetendedandguidedwellhissons,andtaughtthemthepatternofpastoralwork.AndJoseph
usedtotendthesheepalongwithhisbrethrenandinEgypthebecameguidetoanumerous
people,andledthemback,asagoodpastordoeshisflock.MosesfedthesheepofJethrohisfather
inlaw,andhewaschosenfrom(tending)thesheeptotendhispeople,andasagoodpastorhe
guidedthem.Mosesborehisstaffuponhisshoulder,andwentinfrontofhispeoplethathewas
leading,andtendedthemforfortyyearsandhewasvigilantandtoiledonbehalfofhissheep,a
diligentandgoodpastor.WhenhisLordwishedtodestroythembecauseoftheirsins,inthatthey
worshippedthecalf,MosesprayedandbesoughtofhisLordandsaid:Eitherpardonthepeople
fortheirsins,orelseblotmeoutfromYourbookthatYouhavewritten.Exodus32:3132Thatisa
mostdiligentpastor,whodeliveredoverhimselfonbehalfofhissheep.Thatisanexcellentleader,
whogavehimselfinbehalfofhissheep.Andthatisamercifulfatherwhocherishedhischildren
andrearedthemup.Mosesthegreatandwiseshepherd,whoknewhowtoleadbacktheflock,
taughtJoshuathesonofNun,amanfullofthespirit,who(afterwards)ledtheflock,evenallthe
hostofIsrael.Hedestroyedkingsandsubduedtheland,andgavethemthelandasaplaceof
pasturage,anddividedtherestingplacesandthesheepfoldstohissheep.Furthermore,Davidfed
hisfather'ssheep,andwastakenfromthesheeptotendhispeople.Sohetendedtheminthe
integrityofhisheartandbytheskillofhishandsheguidedthem.AndwhenDavidnumberedthe
flockofhissheep,wrathcameuponthem,andtheybegantobedestroyed.ThenDaviddelivered
himselfoveronbehalfofhissheep,whenheprayed,saying:OLordGod,IhavesinnedinthatI
havenumberedIsrael.LetYourhandbeonmeandonmyfather'shouse.Theseinnocentsheep,in
whathavetheysinned?2Samuel24:17Soalsoallthediligentpastorsusedthustogivethemselves
onbehalfoftheirsheep.

3.Butthosepastorswhodidnotcareforthesheep,thosewerehirelingswhousedtofeed
themselvesalone.OnthisaccounttheProphetaddressesthem,sayingtothem:Oyoupastors
whodestroyandscatterthesheepofmypasture,hearthewordoftheLord.ThussaystheLord:
Lo!IwillvisitMysheepasthepastorvisitshisflockinthedayofthewhirlwind,andIwill
requireMysheepatyourhands.Ofoolishpastors,withthewoolofthesheepyouclothe
yourselves,andthefleshofthefatlingsyoueat,andthesheepyoudonotfeed.Thatwhichwas
sickyoudidnotheal,andthatwhichwasbrokenyoudidnotbind.Theweakyoudidnot
strengthen,andthelostandthescatteredyoudidnotgathertogether.Thestrongonesandthe
fatlingsyouguarded,butwithharshnessyousubduedthem.Thegoodpasturesyouyourselves
grazeupon,andwhatremainsyoutramplewithyourfeet.Thepleasantwatersdoyoudrink,and
whateverremainsyoudefilewithyourfeet.AndMysheephaveeatenthetrampled(herbage)
whichyourfeethavetrampled,andtheyhavedrunkthewaterswhichyourfeethave
defiled.Thesearethegreedyandbasepastorsandhirelings,whodidnotfeedthesheep,orguide
themwell,ordeliverthemfromthewolves.ButwhentheGreatPastor,thechiefofpastors,shall
come,HewillcallandvisitHissheepandwilltakeknowledgeofHisflock.AndHewillbring
forwardthosepastors,andwillexactanaccountfromthem,andwillcondemnthemfor
theirdeeds.Andthosewhofedthesheepwell,themtheChiefofPastorswillcausetorejoiceandto
inheritlifeandrest.Ostupidandfoolishpastor,towhoserighthandandtowhoserighteyeI
committedmysheep.Becauseyousaidconcerningthesheep,letthatwhichdies,die,andletthat
whichperishesperish,andwhateverisleft,letthemdevourthefleshofoneanothertherefore,
beholdIwillmakeblindyourrighteyeandIwillwitherupyourrightarm.Youreyewhich
regardedabribeshallbeblinded,andyourhandwhichdidnotruleinrighteousnessshallwaste
away.Zechariah11:9,17Andasforyou,mysheep,thesheepofmypasture,youaremenbutIam
theLordyourGod.Ezekiel34:31Beholdhenceforthwillfeedyouinagoodandrich
pasture.Ezekiel34:14

4.Thegoodshepherdgiveshimselfforthesakeofhissheep.John10:11AndagainHesaid:I
haveothersheepandImustbringthemalsohither.Andthewholeflockshallbeone,andone
shepherd,andMyFatherbecauseofthislovesMethatIgiveMyselfforthesakeofthe
sheep.John10:1617AndagainHesaidIamthedoorofthesheep.EveryonethatentersbyMe
shallliveandshallgoinandgooutandfindpasture.John10:9Oyoupastors,bemadelikethat
diligentpastor,thechiefofthewholeflock,whocaredsogreatlyforhisflock.Hebroughtnear
thosethatwereafaroff.Hebroughtbackthewanderers.Hevisitedthesick.Hestrengthenedthe
weak.Heboundupthebroken.Heguardedthefatlings.Hegavehimselfupforthesakeofthe
sheep.Hechoseandinstructedexcellentleaders,andcommittedthesheepintotheirhands,and
gavethemauthorityoverallhisflock.ForHesaidtoSimonCephas:FeedMysheepandMy
lambsandMyewes.John21:1517SoSimonfedHissheepandhefulfilledhistimeandhanded
overtheflocktoyou,anddeparted.Doyealsofeedandguidethemwell.Forthepastorwhocares
forhissheepengagesinnootherpursuitalongwiththat.Hedoesnotmakeavineyard,norplant
gardens,nordoeshefallintothetroublesofthisworld.Neverhaveweseenapastorwholefthis
sheepinthewildernessandbecameamerchant,oronewholefthisflocktowanderandbecamea
husbandman.Butifhedesertshisflockanddoesthesethingshetherebyhandsoverhisflocktothe
wolves.

5.Andremember,mybeloved,thatIwrotetoyouconcerningourfathersofoldthattheyfirst
learnedthewaysoftendingsheepandinthatreceivedtrialofcarefulness,andthenwerechosen
fortheofficeofguides,thattheymightlearnandobservehowmuchthepastorcaresforhisflock,
andastheyusedtoguidethesheepcarefully,soalsomightbeperfectedinthisofficeofguidance.
ThusJosephwaschosenfromthesheep,toguidetheEgyptiansinthetimeofaffliction.
AndMoseswaschosenfromthesheep,toguidehispeopleandtendthem.AndDavidwastaken
fromfollowingthesheep,tobecomekingoverIsrael.AndtheLordtookAmosfromfollowingthe
sheep,andmadehimaprophetoverhispeople.Elishalikewisewastakenfrombehindtheyoke,to
becomeaprophetinIsrael.Mosesdidnotreturntohissheep,nordidheleavehisflockthatwas
committedtohim.Daviddidnotreturntohisfather'ssheep,butguidedhispeopleintheintegrity
ofhisheart.Amosdidnotturnbacktofeedhissheep,ortogather(thefruitof)trees,butheguided
themandperformedhisofficeofprophecy.Elishadidnotturnbacktohisyoke,butservedElijah
andfilledhisplace.Andhewhowasforhimasashepherd,becausehelovedfieldsand
merchandiseandvineyardsandoliveyardsandtillage,didnotwishtobecomehisdiscipleand
(therefore)hedidnotcommittheflockintohishand.

6.Ibeseechyou,youpastors,thatyousetnotovertheflock,leaderswhoarefoolishand
stupid,covetousalsoandloversofpossessions.Everyonewhofeedstheflockshalleatoftheir
milk.1Corinthians9:7,sqAndeveryonewhoguidestheyokeshallbeministeredtofromhis
labour.Thepriestshavearighttopartakeofthealtar,andtheLevitesshallreceivetheirtithes.
Whoevereatsofthemilk,lethisheartbeupontheflockandlethimthatisministeredtofromthe
labourofhisyoke,takeheedtohistillage.Andletthepriestswhopartakeofthealtarservethe
altarwithhonour.AndasfortheLeviteswhoreceivethetithes,theyhavenoportioninIsrael.O
pastors,disciplesofourgreatPastor,benotlikehirelingsbecausethehirelingcaresnotforthe
sheep.BelikeourSweetPastor,WhoselifewasnotdearertoHimthanHissheep.Rearupthe
youthsandbringupthemaidensandlovethelambsandletthemberearedinyourbosomsthat
whenyoushallcometotheChiefPastor,youmayoffertoHimallyoursheepincompleteness,and
soHemaygiveyouwhatHehaspromised:WhereIam,youalsoshallbe.John12:26Thesethings,
briefastheyare,willbesufficientforthegoodpastorsandleaders.

7.Above,mybeloved,Ihavewrittentoremindyouofthecharacterthatbecomesthewholeflock.
AndinthisdiscourseIhavewrittentoyouaboutthepastors,theguidesoftheflock.These
remindersIhavewrittentoyou,beloved,asyouaskedofmeinyourdearletter.

8.TheStewardbroughtmeintotheKing'streasuryandshowedmetheremanypreciousthings
andwhenIsawthemmymindwascaptivatedwiththegreattreasury.AndasIlookeduponit,it
dazzledmyeyes,andtookcaptivemythoughts,andcausedmyreflectionstowanderinmanyways.
Whosoeverreceivesthereof,ishimselfenriched,andenriches(others).Itliesopenandunguarded
beforeallthatseekitandthoughmanytakefromitthereisnodeficiencyandwhentheygiveof
thatwhichtheyhavereceived,theirownportionisgreatlymultiplied.Theythatreceivefreelylet
themgivefreelyMatthew10:8astheyhavereceived.For(thistreasure)cannotbesoldforaprice,
becausethereisnothingequivalenttoit.Moreoverthetreasurefailsnotandtheythatreceiveit
arenotsatiated.Theydrink,andarestilleagertheyeat,andarehungry.Whosoeverisnotthirsty,
findsnotoughttodrinkwhoeverisnothungry,findsnothingtoeat.Thehungerforitsatisfies
many,andfromthethirstforitflowforthwatersprings.Forthemanwhodrawsneartothefearof
Godislikethemanwhoinhisthirstdrawsneartothewaterspringanddrinksandissatisfied,and
thefountainisnotawhitdiminished.Andthelandthatneedstodrinkinwater,drinksofthe
fountain,butitswatersfailnot.Andwhenthelanddrinks,itneedsagaintodrink,andthespringis
notlessenedbyitsflowing.SoistheknowledgeofGod.Thoughallmenshouldreceiveofit,yet
therewouldcomenolackinit,norcanitbelimitedbythesonsofflesh.Hethattakesfromit,
cannottakeawayallandwhenhegives,helacksnothing.Whenyoutakefirewithacandlefroma
flame,thoughyoukindlemanycandlesatit,yettheflamedoesnotdiminishwhenyoutakefromit,
nordoesthecandlefail,whenitkindlesmany.OnemancannotreceivealltheKing'streasure,nor
whenathirstymandrinksofthefountain,doitswatersfill.Whenamanstandsonalofty
mountain,hiseyedoesnot(equally)comprehendthenearandthedistantnor,whenhestands
andcountsthestarsofheaven,canhesetlimitstothehostsoftheheavens.Sowhenhedrawsnear
untothefearofGod,hecannotattaintothewholeofitandwhenhereceivesmuchthatis
precious,itdoesnotseemtobediminishedandwhenhegivesofthatwhichhehasreceived,itis
notexhausted,norhasitcometoanendforhim.Andremember,mybeloved,whatIwrotetoyou,
inthefirstdiscourse,aboutfaith,thatwhoeverhasfreelyreceivedoughttogivefreelyashehas
received,asourLordsaid:Freelyyouhavereceived,freelygive.Matthew10:8Forwhosoever
keepsbackpartofanythinghehasreceived,Matthew25:29eventhatwhichhehasobtainedshall
betakenawayfromhim.Therefore,mybeloved,asIhavebeenabletoobtainnowfromthat
treasurethatfailsnot,Ihavesentuntoyoufromit.YetthoughIhavesentittoyou,itisallwith
me.Forthetreasurefailsnot,foritisthewisdomofGodandthestewardisourLordJesusChrist,
asHetestifiedwhenHesaid:AllthingshavebeencommittedtoMebyMy
Father.Matthew11:27AndwhileHeisthestewardofthewisdom,again,astheApostlesaid:
ChrististhepowerofGodandHiswisdom.1Corinthians1:24Thiswisdomisimpartedto
many,yetnothingislacking,asIexplainedtoyouabovetheProphetsreceivedofthespirit
ofChrist,yetChristwasnotawhitdiminished.

9.TentreatiseshaveIwrittenuntoyou,mybeloved.Whatsoeveryouhaveaskedofme,Ihave
explainedtoyouwithout(receiving)oughtfromyou.Andthatwhichyouenquirednotofme,I
havegivenuntoyou.Ihaveaskedyournameandwrittenuntoyou.Ihaveaskedofmyselfyour
question,andIhaveansweredyouasIwasable,foryourpersuasion.WhatsoeverIhavewritten
untoyou,meditateinthesethingsateverytimeandlabourtoreadthosebookswhicharereadin
thechurchofGod.ThesetenlittlebooksthatIhavewrittenforyou,theyborrowonefromanother,
anddependoneuponanother.Separatethemnotonefromanother.FromOlaphtoYudIhave
writtenforyou,eachletterafteritsfellow.Readandlearn,youandthebrethren,themonks,and
thefaithful,theyfromwhommockingisfarremovedasIwroteuntoyouabove.Andremember
thatwhichIpointedouttoyou,thatIhavenotbroughtthesematterstoanend,butshortofthe
end.Norarethesethingssufficientbuthearthesethingsfrommewithoutwrangling,andenquire
concerningthemwithbrethrenwhoareaptforpersuasion.Whatsoeveryouhearthatassuredly
edifies,receiveandwhateverbuildsupstrangedoctrines,overthrowandutterlydemolish.For
wranglingcannotedify.ButI,mybeloved,asastonecutterhavebroughtstonesforthebuilding,
andletwisearchitectscarvethemoutandlaytheminthebuildingandallthelabourersthattoilin
thebuildingshallreceiverewardfromtheLordofthehouse.