Reposted from Pr. Stout:
(14 verses, 1:43 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Peter exhorts the pastors to be faithful in their oversight of the Lord’s flock, admonishes all Christians to show humility, watchfulness, and steadfastness in resisting the devil.
- 1-4: Instructions to pastors to be shepherds, exercising oversight in a loving manner, leading by example and not by greed or selfish, always confessing the comfort there is a Chief Shepherd – the shepherd’s Shepherd for they too remain part of His flock even as they shepherd..
- 5-11: Call for the humility, sober-mindedness, and prayerful watchfulness; making us aware of what the enemy desires and aware of the glory to come.
- 12-14: Greeting and benediction
- It is no accident that Paul combines the two thoughts for 1.) pastors to exercise oversight in a loving manner and 2.) all Christians to practice humility toward one another. Much like marriage, the world and our flesh often picture the relationship of pastor and hearer as one of one exercising power and control over another while the other reciprocates. The Biblical view of marriage, the relationship between pastor and hearer, and many other relationships are rather one of love (“willingly”, “not for shameful gain,” “not domineering but being examples”) reciprocated with humility (“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another”).
- Notice the connection between vs. 5 and 6. Vs. 5 addresses the second table of the Law (Commandments 4-10 summed up by “love your neighbor”) while vs. 6 addresses the first table of the Law (Commandment 1-3 summed up by “love God”). The call to repentance and practice of humbling ourselves toward one another also shows up in humbling ourselves before God (vs. 6). This humbling is a call to prayer and faith ( vs. 7 – “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”)
- “lion” – There are two main “lions” found throughout Scripture. One, the devil, is here. However, it’s important to note that the text says he is “like a lion.” For the True Lion, the “the Lion of the tribe of Judah,”(Rev. 5:5) is the King. As that Revelation text points out, He is King because He “has conquered” our enemies (Rev. 5:5). How? We, along with all the redeemed say to our Lion and Lamb, “you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10).” Thus, when the accusing lion frightens your conscience with his mighty roars, we answer by calling upon the True Lion who conquers by being slain as a Lamb. The One who delivered Daniel from the mouth of the lions delivers you from the one who prowls around like a roaring lion. Thanks for allowing me go on a Chronicles of Narnia tangent….
- Sing this hymn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAycWmjkByg) while meditating on watchfulness. Notice that we are called to be watchful against our own soul sleeping (st. 1 and 4), against Satan (st. 2) & against the world (st. 3). By watching, we are guarding against
- being taken unawares (st. 1)
- being Satan’s prey while in false security (st. 2)
- being tempted by the world’s lures and charms (st. 3)
- being tempted by our very self which has pride and sin lurking within (st. 4)
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Pastor Christopher Stout