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Shepherds and Their Flock. Introduction. In this lesson, we wish to consider shepherds and their flock. To gain a better understanding, let us study a relevant and related Greek word family. Relevant and Related Greek Words.

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  • In this lesson, we wish to consider shepherds and their flock.
  • To gain a better understanding, let us study a relevant and related Greek word family.
relevant and related greek words
Relevant and Related Greek Words
  • The root noun poimēn, translated “shepherd” identifies “(1) one who herds sheep, shepherd, sheep-herder; (2) one who serves as guardian or leader, shepherd, fig. ext. of 1.”
  • The verb poimainō means “(1) to serve as tender of sheep, herd, tend, (lead to) pasture; (2) to watch out for other people, to shepherd, of activity that protects, rules, governs, fosters, fig. ext. of 1; (a) in the sense of lead, guide, or rule; (b) protect, care for, nurture.”
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Relevant and Related Greek Words
  • The noun poimnē refers to a “flock, esp. of sheep” and in imagery is used “with reference to Jesus’ disciples; to the church and to Jesus as its head.”
  • The noun poimnion identifies “(1) an assemblage of a specific kind of animal, flock, esp. of sheep; (2) a defined group of persons under a leader, flock fig. ext. of 1.”
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Shepherds and Their Flock
  • Just as there were physical shepherds who pastured their flocks in the fields of Palestine (Luke 2:8-20), so there are spiritual shepherds who oversee the flock of God:
    • Jesus Christ is the Good/Great Shepherd (John 10:11, 14; Heb. 13:20-21).
    • The Apostle Peter, and by extension, his companions, were commanded, “Shepherd My sheep” (John 21:16)
    • Elders must shepherd the local church/flock of God of which they are members (Acts 20:28-32; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
shepherds offer provision
Shepherds Offer Provision
  • Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, offers provision (Mark 6:34; Luke 12:31-32; John 10:16).
  • So also must elders (Matt. 9:36-38; Eph. 4:11-16).
shepherds offer protection
Shepherds Offer Protection
  • Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, offers protection (Matt. 26:31-32; Mark 14:27-28; John 18:1-9).
  • So also must elders (Acts 20:28-32; cf. Titus 1:7-11).
shepherds offer leadership
Shepherds Offer Leadership
  • Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, offers leadership (Matt. 2:6; Rev. 12:5; 19:11-16).
  • So also must elders (1 Pet. 5:1-4; cf. Heb. 13:7, 17).
  • On that final day, Jesus Christ will judge all mankind, separating the righteous from the wicked (Matt. 25:31-33, 34, 41).
  • If we are faithful until the end, we will receive a great reward (1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 7:13-17).
  • If you have never submitted to Christ’s authority, do so today; if you have wandered astray, return to the fold (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Pet. 2:21-25).