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"Feed my sheep!" Before Jesus was able to provide the people with loaves and fishes in Mark 6:39 He "commanded" His disciples to "make" the people sit down in companies upon companies in divisions and "ranks" of "in fifties and hundreds". Christ also told His disciples not to be like the rulers and princes of the Gentiles who provided benefits by exercising authority one over the other.
Everyone who got the Baptism of Christ was "put out" of the Jewish synagogue system which was also composed of ten families through which they provided welfare with the "Corban" of the people.
Your ministers should not be rulers but servants because Christ came to serve. Every man should be led by the Holy Spirit. The minister is supposed to be serving by making the people voluntarily organize themselves in Companies of tens, fifties and hundreds, and thousands so that people may love one another into the practice of Pure Religion.

The word pastor appears in both the Old and New Testaments but it does not mean today what it meant thousands of years ago. If we want to use the term in the way that the scriptures intended we have to look back to the context in which it was originally used.

The word pastor in the New Testament is more commonly translated shepherd[1]. Of course in the Old Testament the word we see as pastor which is Rah[2]is translated shepherd more often than it is translated pastor. It is actually far more often translated feed or fed.

The word Rah includes the letter Reish which is often related to the idea of a ruler. The term is even translated "ruler" in some translations but within the context of the Bible, it is not describing men as rulers over men who can exercise authority one over the other.

Jesus was clear on the subject of not being like the 'rulers of other governments' but we were to love one another. Still, there was rank mentioned by Christ.[3]

Jesus also commanded that His disciples organize the people in small groups or companies of ten "elders" who were simply the heads families. These small intimate "companies" of ten families were further organized into "ranks" of a hundred. These groups of tens were linked by individuals who might be called pastors by the nature of their mission to rightly divide the bread from house to house.

The driving and ruling force in the early Church was not pastors or priests but the Holy Spirit dwelling in the hearts and minds of the elders and their families. The ministers or pastors were also elders who were chosen by the people in this network of tens, hundreds and thousands to help provide for the needs of society by charity alone, which is love.

In providing the welfare of the people through charity they naturally bound the people through love. If "pastors " used some other means to feed or tend to the people other than charity or neglected their care altogether they were often condemned in the text.

One of the first place we see the word Pastor is in Jeremiah 2:8

  • "The priests said not, Where [is] the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after [things that] do not profit."

While the root word Ra'ah is ReishAyinHey the actual Hebrew text in this verse gives us וְהָרֹעִ֖ים or wə·hā·rō·‘îm consisting of the letters VavHeyReishAyinYodMem. This form only appears once in the Bible and is a reference to a Pastor who does not know God and His way and are seen as transgressing against Him.

Ignorance of The Way of God in tending to the temporal needs of their flocks undermines the spiritual message of Christ. The early Church provided all the welfare of the people by charity. The benefactors of the world provided welfare and Free bread through their government temples funded by tribute and taxation. Early Christians were persecuted for not signing up for the benefits of public religion. Those systems were not only covetous practices but they knew to eat at those tables which should have been for their welfare was a snare. The good pastor or shepherd should be Feeding the Sheep not tickling their ears.

Ignorance of The Way of God may be a serious problem again with pastors who provide little or nothing of the temporal needs of their flocks. Just 200 years ago almost all social welfare was provided by charity through community and the Church. It was not provided by men who just call themselves benefactors but actually only give what they obtain by exercising authority one over the other and forcing the contributions of the people through taxation.

If you remove the Vav from VavHeyReishAyinYodMem you get הָרֹעִ֖ים or hā·rō·‘îm consisting of the letters HeyReishAyinYodMem. This form of the root word Ra'ah appears some 23 times in the Bible. It might refer to shepherds doing their job or failing to do their job in service to the people.[4] That job is often related to feeding or tending to the needs of the people.[5]

Whether we translate these words shepherd, pastor, herdsmen, or keep, feed or tend the people the term is referencing the manner in which someone assists the people in the practice of Pure Religion through a system of charitable welfare that strengthens the people and keeps them as free souls under God.

If shepherd or pastor provide a daily ministration in a righteous way the people will be blessed by freedom under God. If they provide for the people in some unrighteous manner or unrighteous mammon (or even fail to provide for them altogether) then the pastors will be cursed as they have cursed the people and lead them back to be entangled in the yoke of bondage, make them merchandise and curse children as a surety to debt.

As we see the same word wee see for pastor in Ephesians 4:11[6] is translated shepherd in John 10:11.[7]

The early Church provided daily bread for the poor through a daily ministration of Pure Religion thereby blessing the people with the wages of righteousness rather than the wages of unrighteousness offered by the world. The world had provided free bread through a system of Corban that sustained the welfare of the people through a system of force making the word of God to none effect.

Jeremiah warns[8] that "the pastors are become brutish" and is talking about when the people lose their religion of charity and take up the ways of socialism. The administers of those systems of welfare through public religion use force do not feed the people as much as they feed upon the people.[9]


Those welfare programs that use force depend on brutish pastors of the world who feed, tend and provide for the people through a system of force which David and Paul call a "snare".

Raising both goats and sheep may give you a different understanding of pastors and the message of the parable of separating goats and sheep.

The Modern Church does not do what the early Church did because the Modern Christian is engaged in more covetous practices than fervent charity.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

A true pastor today would be a true and good shepherd[7] for both temporal and spiritual needs.


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Footnotes

  1. 4166 ~ποιμήν~ poimen \@poy-mane’\@ of uncertain affinity; n m AV-shepherd 15, Shepherd 2, pastor 1; 18
    1) a herdsman, esp. a shepherd
    1a) in the parable, he to whose care and control others have committed themselves, and whose precepts they follow
    2) metaph.
    2a) the presiding officer, manager, director, of any assembly: so of Christ the Head of the church; the NT uses the term bishop, overseers, 1985 pastors, 4166 elders, and presbyters 4245 interchangeably {#Ac 20:17,28 Eph 4:11 Tit 1:5,7 1Pe 5:1-4 etc.} 2a1) of the overseers of the Christian assemblies 2a2) of kings and princes
    The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were:
    • -to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep
    • -to defend the sheep from attackers
    • -to heal the wounded and sick sheep
    • -to find and save lost or trapped sheep
    • -to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.
  2. 07462 ^הער^ ra‘ah \@raw-aw’\@ a primitive root; v; AV-feed 75, shepherd 63, pastor 8, herdmen 7, keep 3, companion 2, broken 1, company 1, devour 1, eat 1, entreateth 1, misc 10; 173
    1) to pasture, tend, graze, feed
    1a) (Qal)
    1a1) to tend, pasture
    1a1a) to shepherd
    1a1b) of ruler, teacher (fig)
    1a1c) of people as flock (fig)
    1a1d) shepherd, herdsman (subst)
    1a2) to feed, graze
    1a2a) of cows, sheep etc (literal)
    1a2b) of idolater, Israel as flock (fig)
    1b) (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess
    2) to associate with, be a friend of (meaning probable)
    2a) (Qal) to associate with
    2b) (Hithpael) to be companions
    3) (Piel) to be a special friend
  3. Luke 22:26 But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
  4. Exodus 2:17, Exodus 2:19, 1 Samuel 17:40, 1 Samuel 25:7, 2 Kings 10:12, Jeremiah 10:21, Jeremiah 25:34, Jeremiah 25:35, Jeremiah 25:36 Ezekiel 34:9, Ezekiel 34:10, Zechariah 10:3, Zechariah 11:3, Zechariah 11:8
  5. 1 Chronicles 27:29, Songs 1:8, Songs 4:5, Jeremiah 23:2, Jeremiah 23:2, Ezekiel 34:2, Ezekiel 34:8, Ezekiel 34:10, Amos 1:2
  6. Ephesians 4:11: "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
  7. 7.0 7.1 John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
  8. Jeremiah 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
  9. 01197 ^רעב^ ba‘ar \@baw-ar’\@ a primitive root; v; {See TWOT on 263} AV-burn 41,  …  away 21, kindle 13, brutish 7, eaten 2, set 2, burn up 2, eat up 2, feed 1, heated 1, took 1, wasted 1; 94
    1) to burn, consume, kindle, be kindled
    1a) (Qal)
    1a1) to begin to burn, be kindled, start burning
    1a2) to burn, be burning
    1a3) to burn, consume
    1a4) Jehovah’s wrath, human wrath (fig.)
    1b) (Piel)
    1b1) to kindle, burn
    1b2) to consume, remove (of guilt) (fig.)
    1c) (Hiphil)
    1c1) to kindle
    1c2) to burn up
    1c3) to consume (destroy)
    1d) (Pual) to burn
    v denom
    2) to be stupid, brutish, barbarous
    2a) (Qal) to be stupid, dull-hearted, unreceptive
    2b) (Niphal) to be stupid, dull-hearted
    2c) (Piel) to feed, graze
    2d) (Hiphil) to cause to be grazed over