But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel. Matt 2:6
Last time I wrote about greedy pastors that lead people astray and scatter the flock.
King Herod was such a person. His leadership over Israel only profited himself. He was an Edomite and only curried favor with the Jews and Rome at the same time.
When the wise men arrived in Jerusalem asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matt 2:2
Herod was not interested in the Messiah. He sees Him as a threat to his rule.
A bad shepherd gets rid of any opposition and threats to his leadership or agenda.
In the case of Herod, he ordered the death of every male child, 2-years old and under in the region in and around Bethlehem.
This is exactly what the pastor did (in yesterday’s Morning Thought).
And just as Herod had faithful followers, just as greedy and self-serving as he was, so the pastor also has a cult of followers.
The true nature of a pastor or leader is found in the words of Jesus.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. John 10:11-15