Mathew 23:1-12 

Leaders sometimes take advantage of their situations to unethically become wealthy.   Influence of a leader needs to be done according to God’s will.

Spiritual Shepherds in the Old Testament

  • Jeremiah 10:21- The leaders became spiritually ignorant and the nation suffered the consequences.
  • Jeremiah 20:1 – The shepherds let the sheep scatter.  The leaders had failed.
  • Jeremiah 50:6-7- The people were like lost sheep.  Because the shepherds weren’t doing their jobs, the sheep were unsettled.
  • Ezekiel 34:1-19 – The shepherds should feed the flock not themselves.  The sheep are without leadership and are scattered.  God promises that he will do what the unfaithful shepherds failed to do.  God has a heart of compassion.

Admonishment of the Pharisees

Matthew 23:1-12 – Jesus talks to the Pharisees just like God talked about the Shepherds.  He points out the leaders:

  • Were Disobedient (vs. 3) -Jesus points out that these leaders were sinners.
  • Were laying Burdening others (vs. 4) -It is so easy to point other’s sins and not coming along side of them to help them.
  • Were Seeking self-glorification (vs. 5-7) – We have a tendency toward pride.  We should love God and other people.

Jesus’ Instructions

  • Honor Christ (vs. 8)
  • Recognize brotherhood (vs. 8)
  • Be a servant (vs. 11)
  • Humble ourselves (vs. 12)

Caring for God’s Sheep

  • John 21:15-17 – Jesus says tend, shepherd, and feed his sheep.  Serve Jesus because he loves us and we love him.

—Robert Lee, 1-13-08, p.m.

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