Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1 Peter 5

The word "elders" starts the sentence in Greek. Clearly, he intends to discuss the role of leadership. The word "elders" is almost a subheading. They should:
  • Shepherd the flock of God willingly.
  • Not do it for the love of money, but because they want to.
  • Not lord it over the flock, but be an example.
  • Lead as a steward of, and for the approval of, the chief shepherd.
He commands humility first to young men, then to all. Humility takes several forms here: submission, faith that God will exalt, casting your cares on him, being watchful against the devil, the author of pride. I wonder if he doesn't devour peopled by convincing them to be proud and there for to be resisted by God.

How great to cast your cares on Him, because what concerns you concerns Him!

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