Friday, January 28, 2011

Jeremiah 3:15 and John 21:17

God promised Israel through Jeremiah:
"I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."  - Jeremiah 3:15
I would assume Jesus was referring to this line of thinking when he told Peter:
"Feed my sheep." -  John 21:17
Think about it...shepherds who provide:
  1. Knowledge
  2. Understanding
What would this look like?

Is there anything more important to give people?

I suppose if you were starving, attaining some food would be the most important thing at that time. There are hundreds of examples like that...if a person had fallen out of an airplane they would first want a parachute. (Even then they would have to know how to put it on correctly and know how to open the chute.) But, aside from this endless stream of ridiculous specific situations that would require a specific need being met, the number one thing to give people is knowledge and understanding. In addition, the most important area to attain knowledge and understanding concerns God, the most important being.

You know you are blessed by God if he is providing knowledge and understanding to you concerning himself. Of course, ignoring this provision may prove to be a mistake. People may want to rethink their priorities if they have no desire to know and understand God. Ignorance and lack of knowledge is not a  good thing. Defending or promoting ignorance and lack of knowledge is deceitful and evil.

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