The image of a shepherd is used to portray a spiritual leader in Scripture, sometimes even a ruler. Shepherds are supposed to look out for their sheep. Sheep are especially vulnerable to attacks from predators. If a shepherd is good, the sheep will be protected. If the shepherd is bad, the sheep are ares good as dead.
It is no mistake that Jesus and the early church referred to the leader of the church as a shepherd. Jesus and the early church also warned against false shepherds, those who were wolves in sheep’s clothing.
In Zechariah 10 and 11, there are 5 Signs of a false shepherd that are listed.
1. The false shepherd is signified by false doctrine (10:1-2a).
2. The false shepherd is signified by self-exaltation (10:2b, 3).
3. The false shepherd is signified by blind acceptance…from his flock (10:2c).
4. The false shepherd is signified by uncaring devastation (11:15-17).
5. The false shepherd is signified by divine judgment (10:4; 11:1-3).
False shepherds should be corrected and avoided from being placed in leadership at all costs. Click here to hear the message associated with this post: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pastorbrianchilton/2016/11/28/message-5-signs-of-a-false-shepherd-zechariah-101-4-111-3-15-17
(C) November 27th, 2016. Brian Chilton.