[SW235] 06/10/2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“Sheep Without a Shepherd”
Mark 6:34 When Jesus went out, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
Lord, You say that many in your church are like sheep without a shepherd. You feel compassion for them. And so you teach them many things today. May they hear Your voice and run to You!
You say they do not understand that they are listening to those who are not Your shepherds at all. They listen to and heed the voices of those who are strangers to You.
Your name, Your character, and Your nature are perverted by the false shepherds Your people follow.
Your people are led by ones who call evil good and good evil, and say, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace with You (Jeremiah 6:14), instead of exhorting the sheep to repent.
Why do the sheep follow false shepherds?
Because of His great compassion for you, He tells you this truth.
It is your own fault.
The Lord says that His words, you do not want to hear.
2Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
False shepherds will tell you what you want to hear, rather than telling you the truth that you need to hear.
They will preach a message that is pleasing to your ears.
Many have already piled up false shepherds around themselves. Such a thing could not take place in Paul’s and Timothy’s day. It is only in our era of television evangelism and Internet evangelism that it is possible to pile up so many around themselves.
They have not heeded Paul’s warning to the Ephesians, nor do they even know it exists, because they do not know Your Word but depend on false shepherds to feed them —
Acts 20:29-30 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
False shepherds are savage wolves in sheep’s clothing. They look like you. They dress like you. But they speak distortion and corruption. Satan uses them to twist the Word of God, and they draw people away to themselves, for personal gain.
The Lord says many of you idolize the false shepherds like you worship movie stars.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I will also reject you from being My priest.
A few years ago, I taught a free course on the Book of John at a university. One of the students was a pastor’s wife.
During one class, I was teaching on some of Jesus’ harsh words to the religious — those who have a system of beliefs, but do not intimately know God the Father at all.
The pastor’s wife exclaimed, “I don’t understand! I have never heard this before!” Her husband apparently did not teach the whole Word, but just the ear-tickling parts.
Your people do not know you intimately, Lord, so they do not know the voice of the Good Shepherd.
Therefore, the sheep follow after the voices of strangers, those who do not even know You, Lord. You have rejected and will yet reject those false shepherds.
Here is your promise to Your sheep, if they will repent from following after false shepherds, and return to You —
Jeremiah 3:15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart (the current ones are not), who will feed you on knowledge (root yada, to know by experiencing) and understanding (attentiveness to the Lord is in view).”
True shepherds are shepherds after God’s own heart — those who keep His commands, regardless of the cost, even if they lose the support of their people.
True shepherds will not teach you that Jesus came to be your personal amusement park, for your own pleasure. They will not feed you spiritual junk food, but will feed you what you need.
They will teach you that you need a 24/7 connection to the Lord, so you are able to be attentive to the Lord, growing and prospering in Him, and a witness that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). And they teach you how to make that connection — by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 78:72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity (completeness, cleanness) of his heart, and guided them with his skillful (wise) hands.
True shepherds have the Lord’s divine nature (2Peter 1:4) and character, because God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are in them. They have hearts cleansed and filled with God’s love, and they will guide you with God’s wisdom, not man’s. Their motives are the same as the Lord’s.
1John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
True shepherds walk as Jesus walked on this earth. They speak as He did, and live as He did. They live for Him alone.
2Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing (making a straight cut, dissecting and expounding) the word of truth.
True shepherds study the Word of God, not just for a sermon, but they carve time out of every day to simply meditate upon it in the presence of the Lord.
They revere the Word of God and speak the whole counsel of God, not ear-tickling tidbits.
2Timothy 4:1-2 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
True shepherds preach the Word, not their opinions. They are ready to preach it always, no matter what the circumstances. They reprove, they rebuke, they exhort. And they do it with great patience and sound teaching.
1Timothy 5:20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may fear.
True shepherds judge sin and rebuke those who continue sin in front of the whole congregation (see 1Corinthians 5:3-4). That is God’s truth.
The Lord says that today is the day to turn from the false shepherds, because they are not shepherds at all and have deceived you.
O sheep without a shepherd, if you see that you have piled up around you and listened to and worshiped those who tell you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear, turn now!
Acknowledge your iniquity, beloved. Ask the Lord to forgive you, and get into the Word of God so you know the Good Shepherd’s voice. Then He will lead you to a true shepherd. Amen.